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  •  While technically true, as a talking point, it's (3+ / 0-)

    not that best way to communicate the ultimate point, which is  universal background checks and gun trafficking legislation are some of the best tools to stop criminals from committing crimes with guns.

    Why even go there? It opens up the NRA can of worms - criminals won't go through a background check, only law abiding citizens will be hurt by background checks, and then you're stuck in that morass again.

    And, selling universal background checks and gun trafficking together seems to me to be a really smart way of doing it - you can easily rebut the NRA claim that criminals don't go through the background checks using Hickenlooper's stats and then remind everyone that many criminals get guns through straw purchases. The two pieces of legislation close big loopholes that criminals exploit.

    As for those criminals that get there guns another way - that is a choice for the public of whether they want even more restrictive gun laws, or not.

    That's my humble opinion.

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