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  •  Then you'd probably be surprised to learn (6+ / 0-)

    that the NRA not only supported the NICS Improvement Amendments Act, it basically wrote it.

    The number of records entered into NICS
    has increased significantly since the law was
    signed in January 2008. As of December 2010,
    NICS officials were able to access nearly 70
    million records when conducting a background
    check, including more than 1.1 million records
    identifying people who are prohibited for
    reasons of mental health.23 By October 2011,
    the number of mental health records in the
    NICS database had risen to more than 1.3
    million.24
    As the number of records in NICS has
    increased, so has the number of attempted
    firearms purchases that have been denied
    because of the mental health status of the
    buyer. In 2006, for example, only 405 gun sales
    were declined for mental health reasons;25 in
    2010, that number increased to 6,103.26

    What are you doing to fight the dangerous and counterproductive error of treating dirtbag terrorist criminals as though they were comic book supervillains? I can't believe we still have to argue this shit, let alone on Daily Kos.

    by happymisanthropy on Sun May 05, 2013 at 04:28:32 PM PDT

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    •  Oh, here's commentary from the time (6+ / 0-)
         
           FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
      December 20, 2007
      No. 13
      MAYORS AGAINST ILLEGAL GUNS COALITION REACTS TO CONGRESSIONAL PASSAGE OF NICS BILL

      Joint Statement from Coalition Co-Chairs New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino

      "The tragic rampage at Virginia Tech exposed the terrible cost of failing to enforce the laws that prevent the mentally unstable from purchasing guns. Yesterday, Congress did the right thing and passed a common-sense bill that will help prevent guns from falling into the hands of thousands of people already barred from possessing them. The bill will help strengthen the integrity of the federal background check system, and it is an important first step toward achieving what hundreds of mayors around the country have been fighting for: basic law enforcement."

      Contact:      New York City Mayor's Press Office    (212) 788-2958
      Boston Mayor's Press Office    (617) 635-4461

      About a law the NRA practically wrote.

      Funny how every new law is a "first step."  No matter how many laws are passed, we're never any closer to... wherever it is Bloomberg wants to go.

      What are you doing to fight the dangerous and counterproductive error of treating dirtbag terrorist criminals as though they were comic book supervillains? I can't believe we still have to argue this shit, let alone on Daily Kos.

      by happymisanthropy on Sun May 05, 2013 at 04:34:30 PM PDT

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      •  Oh look, (13+ / 0-)

        the NRA "sponsored" a law with loopholes the size of Mack trucks. What a surprise.

        Even the numbers you quote are completely pathetic, a few thousand in the face of hundreds of thousands. Forget to trim that out of your quote?

        Oh look. You back up the NRA. What a surprise.

        Oh look, you still haven't proposed any new laws. Instead, you dodged the question. What a surprise.

        Oh look, you equate all gun safety advocates with Bloomberg.

        "What could BPossibly go wrong??" -RLMiller "God is just pretend." - eru

        by nosleep4u on Sun May 05, 2013 at 04:49:48 PM PDT

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        •  Oh, look (5+ / 0-)

          the NRA agreed with what Bloomberg was asking for, Bloomberg called it "a good first step," and we move onward pretending it never happened.

          If somebody as extreme as Bloomberg was (temporarily) satisfied, why should the NRA look for somebody even more extreme to compromise with?

          What are you doing to fight the dangerous and counterproductive error of treating dirtbag terrorist criminals as though they were comic book supervillains? I can't believe we still have to argue this shit, let alone on Daily Kos.

          by happymisanthropy on Sun May 05, 2013 at 05:30:05 PM PDT

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