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  •  You've said it over and over (0+ / 0-)

    You want it to be a right of the individual issue, you want it to be a constitutional issue, and it isn't.  Thorough background checks do not violate your precious right to protect the public with a weapon.

    Republicans: Taking the country back ... to the 19th century

    by yet another liberal on Tue Sep 17, 2013 at 08:57:07 AM PDT

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    •  Never said background checks are unconstitutional (0+ / 0-)

      It is completely constitutional to determine if a individual has legal constitutional rights or not.  That's what a background check does.

      What a background check does NOT do, is make that legal determination itself.  Constitutional rights are revoked in court, through due process.  Once that is done, the background check verifies a person's identity and determines if they still have all their legal rights.

      It absolutely is an individual issue.

    •  He's asking an incredibly (3+ / 0-)
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      Norm in Chicago, VClib, jncca

      concrete and basic question:  what criteria would have allowed anyone to determine that this man was a risk and therefore shouldn't be sold a gun?  These are questions we have to be capable of answering if we're going to pursue this sort of legislation.  Norm isn't being some big meanie here but is looking at the issue realistically.

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