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  •  Useless law ... unless (2+ / 0-)
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    Dogs are fuzzy, BlackSheep1

    The GOPers allow the ATF to enforce it.

    Starting with allowing a director of the ATF, the staffing necessary, and allowing funding.

    The GOPers who agreed to this know that it is easy to say "sure" - when they won't ever agree to the other parts.

    •  Don't get me wrong- (1+ / 0-)
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      Gordon20024

      I'm entirely for such a law (and more firearm restrictions), but only if the enforcement of them is allowed and funded. Not obstructed by the effin GOP and NRA.

      Hell- even the NRA could say they support this law, knowing that - under GOP control, the house will never fund the ATF's ability to enforce it.

      •  and not harsh enough sentences. I am all for (0+ / 0-)

        harsh sentences for any gun crimes or any crime that involves a gun....or a felon in possession of one.  Throw the book at them....mandatory sentences.  

        Honestly, since we are supposed to be targeting criminals...and not law abiding gun owners, then should be the number one, top priority.

    •  ATF isn't really the bottleneck there. (0+ / 0-)

      The FBI, and even more so, local law enforcement, are to blame for the vanishingly small chance that someone who fails a NICS check will be investigated at all, let alone prosecuted.

      Changing that dynamic would probably do more to reduce firearms availibility to criminals than anyting being batted around in Congress... but doesn't require legislation, so legislators aren't interested. (Ye Olde hammer / nail problem)

      --Shannon

      "It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees." -- Emiliano Zapata Salazar
      "Dissent is patriotic. Blind obedience is treason." --me

      by Leftie Gunner on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 06:24:08 PM PST

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