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  •  MB - this is one element that has a chance (10+ / 0-)

    I think universal background checks has a chance in the House if played very carefully by the Democratic leadership. This is an area where a discharge petition, sponsored by non-leaders from both parties, may work, as long as Boehner gives some GOP members, in swing districts, the silent wink that it is OK to sign. The GOP leadership does not want to get crossways with the NRA, but a bipartisan behind the scenes confidential deal could get universal background checks passed. My fear is that the Dems will try the brute force approach, and we will end up with nothing.

    "let's talk about that"

    by VClib on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 08:55:34 AM PST

    •  When even NRA members support background... (16+ / 0-)

      ...checks, they are already getting a bit of a wink. I think Eric Cantor gave them one, too, with hints he might support extended background checks. My view is timing. Dems should start with background checks, gun trafficking, more funding for ATF to trace guns and then try magazine capacity and the almost-certainly-will-fail assault weapons ban in that order. That way, some victories will be had and that might build momentum for other victories. Time things the other way, starting with AWB2 and it may scratch ANY legislation.

      Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

      by Meteor Blades on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 09:09:03 AM PST

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      •  MB - I agree with your strategy and order (6+ / 0-)

        of legislation. My view is that the GOP leadership may need some help with the optics, and we should cooperate keeping our eye on the prize.

        "let's talk about that"

        by VClib on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 09:32:00 AM PST

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      •  that's also why i am saying remove the database (0+ / 0-)

        portion from the batf application, concentrate on the applicant, not what gun he is buying..make it for one gun only, and keep the SN portion at the dealers. trace crime guns with a warrant from mfg to dealer to sale..with a warrant, not a giant list of names and sn's handled by some atf agent.

        that way the check is actually useful, better funded and more widely applied, and no useable batf check can get passed with registration elements still there, current database seems useless for anything but a faulty database boondoggle.

        Make sure the publicity is that this new bill also liberalizes the process by keeping the end users gun id from the batf's useless database:  i.e. 'registration' despite assurances the data will not be kept. keep just the applicant records, without the gun sn id.

        multiple purchases, multiple applications, the amount bought...all that data is appropriate to keep.

        this way, it solves two big hurdles/problems and gets done.

        This machine kills Fascists.

        by KenBee on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 12:50:04 AM PST

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      •  Gun owners are not stupid. They see that this (0+ / 0-)

        is the ultimate plan.  Background checks are just the first step.  No wonder they are drawing lines in the sand.

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