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    If you want to buy a handgun you can.  Even if the government institutes background checks at gun sales or whatever it won't stop people from acquiring them.  

    Neither suspect had a license for the guns they used. Of course, thanks to the NRA and cowardly lawmakers who killed background checks for gun purchases, not having a license isn't a problem if you want to buy a gun. Thanks, guys.
    Passing bills in congress will not change the fact that their are literally millions of handguns in this country and most are unregistered.  They can and are sold and traded by individuals who don't need the governments consent or authorization to do so.  Thinking anything else is just naive.

    Yes, I am psychic...or was that psycho? I always forget which.

    by Farradin on Mon Apr 22, 2013 at 09:15:22 AM PDT

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    •  Even if you don't stop it you can make it harder (0+ / 0-)

      Under the current law, the bombers could have bought their guns anywhere a background check wasn't required.  (I'm assuming a background check would have discovered their lack of a license, and the purchase would be denied.)  

      Under a better law, they couldn't have bought their guns anywhere legally.  To be sure, that wouldn't have stopped them, but it would have forced them to go to the black market.  That would have been more expensive and more dangerous.  Maybe it wouldn't have deterred someone desperate like the bomber, but it might have deterred someone else marginally less desperate, or marginally less wealthy.

      Don't know what percentage of those who currently trade and sell guns "without the permission of the government" today, when it's legal, would continue to do it if it were made illegal.  There are lots of things that I didn't do, like make fraudulent claims to my insurance company for example, that I and I'm sure others don't do because there are felony penalties and a non-trivial chance of getting caught.

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