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  •  What does it take to an "A" rating from the GOA? (9+ / 0-)

    Honest question. They are more extreme than the NRA.

    •  Here's one example (11+ / 0-)

      from their own website. It rates the 113th Congress back in November, before they had even begun the new session. They had a couple of F- grades for some of the Arizona contingent.  :)  Because an "F" is just not bad enough, I suppose.

      A+ Pro-Gun Leader: introduces pro-gun legislation.
      A & A- Pro-Gun Voter: philosophically sound.
      B & B- Pro-Gun Compromiser: generally leans our way.
      C & C- Leans Our Way: occasionally.
      D & D- Leans Anti-Gun: usually against us.
      F Anti-Gun Voter: a philosophically committed anti-gunner.
      F- Anti-Gun Leader: outspoken anti-gun advocate who carries anti-gun legislation.
      NR Not rated: Refused to answer his or her questionnaire; no track record.

      We demanded a plan to reduce gun violence. Now it's time to demand a vote.

      by tytalus on Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 11:13:33 AM PDT

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      •  Tytalus: does the Manchin/Toomey BC bill + (1+ / 0-)
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        the NRA inventory rider = meaningless background check bill?

        If there's not record required and a dealer can make up their inventory, what's to stop an unscrupulous dealer from making up whatever they need to make up in order to cover for a sale that did not go through a background check?

        Am I misunderstanding?

        Does a dealer have to keep a record of sale (not a record of the check) and can that sales record be audited to see if a background check was performed?

      •  ... regarding the NRA rider, (2+ / 0-)
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        Glen The Plumber, Smoh
        These riders stop ATF from effectively enforcing our existing laws in a number of ways, including:

        •     Blocking ATF from requiring gun dealers to check their inventory. ATF finds that for the 20 percent of gun stores they have the resources to inspect, about 20,000 guns disappear from their inventories each year. An NRA rider now blocks ATF from requiring the other 80 percent of gun dealers to check their own inventories and report back.

        •     Preventing ATF from computerizing records already in their possession. An NRA rider forces ATF to store certain records in boxes and microfiche (who uses microfiche anymore?)—and prevents those records from being computerized. This restriction waste resources and make crime gun tracing harder and slower.

        •     Trying to prevent ATF from catching straw purchasers working for the Mexican drug cartels. In 2010 the Obama administration put forward an order requiring gun dealers in the southwest border to flag bulk purchases of assault rifles to ATF. This measure has proved effective in catching straw buyers who are buying guns on behalf of the Mexican drug cartels. So, of course, the NRA is pushing a new rider, which has passed the House but not the Senate, to override the reporting requirement for bulk purchases of assault rifles.
      •  Counter-Point to Absurd Metrics: (0+ / 0-)
        Let's just let their side win.

        Yep, and that means:

        1.  GUNS ON PLANES

        2.  GUNS IN COURTS

        3.  GUNS IN CONGRESS

        4.  GUNS JUST FOR FUNS!!!

        There is be NO barriers if we are to believe this poppycock.

        Separation of Church and State AND Corporation

        by Einsteinia on Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 08:06:45 PM PDT

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