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    PoliticsYour Essential Guide To The Background Check DebateBy Igor Volsky on Apr 10, 2013 at 5:45 pm
    As Congress considers the measure and conservatives led by Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Mike Lee (R-UT), and Rand Paul (R-KY) try to slow down debate, here is the ThinkProgress guide to the myths and misinformation surrounding background checks:

    MYTH    
    Background checks are ineffective and restrictive. Checks “would significantly restrict the rights of law-abiding Americans while doing little or nothing to protect against further gun violence.” [Sen. Mike Lee, 4/9/2013]

    REALITY
        Ninety percent of background checks can be completed in less than two minutes and the Manchin-Toomey proposal would expedite the process. Under the amendment, if a background check at a gun show does not result in a definitive response within 48 hours, the sale may proceed. After four years, the background check would be required to be conducted in 24 hours. Background checks have already contributed to violence reduction. In the 14 states and Washington D.C. that require background checks for private handgun sales (including Toomey’s home state of Pennsylvania): 38 percent fewer women are shot to death by intimate partners, 17 percent fewer firearms are involved in aggravated assaults, and 48 percent less gun trafficking.

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    by divineorder on Sun Jun 16, 2013 at 07:28:38 PM PDT

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    •  It appears that background checks are just as much (1+ / 0-)
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      Glen The Plumber

      a violation of rights (in spite of the fact that these are proposed for all Americans, not just a special racial, ethnic or gender group) as what happened to MLK or to Matthew Shepard.

      Maybe you and I are wrong? (Just like GWB's Clear Skies Initiative really was for improving the environment.)

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