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  •  We don't ignore drivers who have (2+ / 0-)
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    Smoh, LilithGardener

    been caught drinking. They are punished. We don't ignore people who want to buy a gun but can't pass a background check - we don't let them buy the gun. That's not ignoring in my book. And, yes, let's punish them for trying - there's an area we have agreement. Why doesn't the DKos gun club rally support for this instead of wasting so much time on the message boards?

    •  I do constantly and I am ignored every time I (1+ / 0-)
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      bring it up.

       I actually had someone tell me "what you want is a police state....what about criminal rights?? Criminals already have sentences that are too long." Kid you not!

      I was floored at the hypocrisy. Making it as tough as we can for law abiding gun owners is apparently okay....but making criminals who actually commit gun crimes pay dearly is apparently mean and unfair.

      •  I'm guessing it has to do with profiling. That (2+ / 0-)
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        exact point was brought up at a Senate hearing on the subject - why aren't there more prosecutions of criminals who get checked in a background check? I'm guessing it's also about money - not enough money to staff to do that. The answer given at the hearing by a police captain was "we aren't in the business of chasing paper, we chase criminals - ie, committing crimes on the streets."

        Then the issue becomes - efficient use of resources (money) and funding, and the GOP is pretty much against funding anything when Dems are in power.

      •  ... on second thought - it's more likely because (1+ / 0-)
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        the NRA wants those people to be able to buy a gun - it's all about the $$$ for them. They've supported legislation to let people deemed mentally ill to be re-establsihed as OK to own a gun.

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