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  •  You just fell into the same trap LaPierre did (1+ / 0-)
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    in the hearing yesterday. Every transfer of a gun requires a background check. If the gun is tracked, and you sell a gun to someone without getting a background check, you're liable for whatever damage that person does. So, if proper records are kept, criminals won't be able to get guns. If they steal them, the owner has to report the theft, or be liable.

    Also, I'd rather not register my car, but the State views that differently. Just because gun owners don't want to be bothered with registering their guns doesn't mean that the government can't require them to do so.

    Also, just because some people choose to use their guns for target practice doesn't negate the fact that they are primarily for killing. Dangerous (additive) drugs are heavily regulated. Why shouldn't guns be?

    •  Constitutional right for one. Cars and drugs (0+ / 0-)

      don't appear in the Bill of Rights.  You have no guaranteed right to own a car or drugs and thus not applicable.

      You are under the impression that registration of all guns will be included, if universal background checks become a reality.  They are two separate issues, and registration will be a hard battle politically to ever get passed, perhaps even harder than AWB.

        For one, there are 310 million firearms on the streets now....or basically one for every man, woman and child in the country...with a few to spare.  The majority of those have no registration of any kind.  They will most likely be grandfathered in, even if registration makes it through Congress.

      Second of all, transferring liability of a crime from someone who didn't commit that crime will be an even harder battle and again a separate issue.

      Third, this statement:

      So, if proper records are kept, criminals won't be able to get guns.
      How do you conclude this?  Again, criminals will just buy one of the 310 million weapons already out there or even newly stolen ones in each other's backyard for cash.

       Do you think Joe the criminal will ask for the driver' s license of Jack the criminal...even though Jack is handing him a grand in cold cash....just because we made a new scary law.  No, he will just sell it to him, as they have always, always done.... and who would ever know?  

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