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  •  Tom, thank you for your hard work and perseverence (13+ / 0-)

    this must be very difficult to compile as it is heartbreaking to read.  Day after day the carnage continues and all we hear from the gun Cult is "more guns" and "this death or that death doesn't count."

    How many more deaths - not even counting all of the people that are shot and injured but do not die - will we continue to accept year after year before we make our Government do something?  No not take away anyone's sacred idols, just pass sensible national firearm regulations that do not inflict on any constitutional right (except the right of the NRA to make more money) - I mean:

    1. FULL background check on EVERY sale/transfer
    2. Licensing
    3. 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 (and some gun cult members will say we shouldn't do it because they will have no effect), 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 (cue in the same cult members saying the regulations would have no effect saying that they had too much effect and their guns will be confiscated). 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.  Here is where true/full background checks become important.

    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 the NM tragedy last weekend or in the carnage in Newtown).

    A great market-based solution could also be added to help, insurance for people who own a firearm.

    I have yet to be told how any of those things I suggest violate anything in the Constitution, including the Second Amendment.

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

    by DefendOurConstitution on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 06:31:37 PM PST

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