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  •  Madmen with guns... (8+ / 0-)

    I'm sure it won't hit the media, but a 15 year old in New Mexico picked up dad's semiautomatic and wiped out the whole family last night before killing himself. I'm sure Dad was bragging about that semi and his right to have it last week.

    •  It was probably the last thing that went (3+ / 0-)

      through is mind.......

      I want 1 less Tiny Coffin, Why Don't You? Support The President's Gun Violence Plan.

      by JML9999 on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 05:06:36 AM PST

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    •  How many more children/families must we continue (6+ / 0-)

      sacrificing, year after year, at the altar of the NRA's gun Cult before we take back our Government and get Congress to pass sensible firearm regulations like FULL background check on EVERY sale/transfer, licensing and registration?

      Sure, those things - even when implemented a few months/years from now - will have very little effect short term and the carnage will continue, but after a few years of having those regulations in placed we will see reductions in the carnage from keeping guns away from (some, not all) people that should not have their hands on a firearm. This will happen in a few ways:

      1. Registration (or some tracking mechanism so that the provenance of every gun can be traced) will make gun owners much less likely to sell guns to criminals, which is done with impunity since private sales are not regulated and this results in many straw purchases that get "laundered" into illegal guns.  Many people that claim their guns were stolen probably just sold them to one of the dealers that import them into states with strict gun regulations and supply criminals.  Knowing that the gun can be traced back to you, will make an owner think twice before selling it to unscrupulous dealers.

      2. Fewer guns will end up in the hands of violent felons that, in spite of being banned from purchasing firearms, still get them. teacherken had a diary on one such example a couple of days ago.

      3. People that are licensed/trained will eventually start keeping firearms secured and out of the reach of so many young people that shouldn't have access to them, and yet they do (as in this tragedy or in the carnage in Newtown).

      Then they came for me - and by that time there was nobody left to speak up.

      by DefendOurConstitution on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 05:42:19 AM PST

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      •  Of course it goes deeper (4+ / 0-)

        The guns resold in the parking lots of Texas gun shows fuel Mexico's drug cartels, and we keep financing them to the tune of billions a year because they sell us the pot we could just be producing here.

        •  When new laws are passed on background (3+ / 0-)

          checks, the ATF needs to be appropriated more money to hire agents with arrest powers to patrol those parking lots and, if necessary, follow purchasers of large numbers of firearms to see where those guns end up.

          "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

          by SueDe on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 08:09:18 AM PST

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