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  •  Back to the subject: Goody for background checks. (0+ / 0-)

    ... There is no reasonable objection to checking every person who wants to buy a gun, every time they do it, and delaying purchases until that is done.

    If that puts gun show dealers out of business or if it burdens private sales and trading, that's tough, but the public interest in taking steps to assure that Bad Guys don't get guns surmounts these objections. Yes, we are going to limit access to guns. Nothing in the Second Amendment forbids reasonable regulation on that subject.

    Are background checks enough? Of course not. Nevertheless, there will be many who'll climb on this bandwagon - reluctantly, perhaps - in order to forestall other legislation.

    If that's a likely outcome, hold off on background checks and pass bans on hi-cap magazines and assault weapons. Flawed though definitions may be, the public is demanding action on massacre weapons. Nothing should give pro-gun Senators and Congressmen cover to oppose these other measures, not even as sensible a proposal as enforceable and administrable background checks.

    Civilian gun-running has to stop.

    2014 IS COMING. Build up the Senate. Win back the House : 17 seats. Plus!

    by TRPChicago on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 05:16:44 PM PST

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