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May 6 - May 12, 2013

Should Congress try again to close the background check loophole for gun owners?

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Yes 51%
No 49%

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Tagged categories: Government; Politics

Comment from arthur Bailly, (5/6/2013, 6:23 PM)

What is the big deal of having a background check done. If you are in America legally and a law abiding citizen you should have no problem with having a back ground check done to buy any gun. How many jobs out there does a background check before they hire anyone?

Comment from james bannister, (5/8/2013, 4:39 AM)

not many jobs do background checks. ive never had one done that i am aware of in over 40 years. do you think that having a background check would stop criminals from having guns ? of course not. you also say 'if you are in armerica legaly - so what about the 10s of millions of illegals? background checks is simply a step towards full gun control. those states with gun control have the most deaths/killings bey peopl with guns. check that out then get back with your ideas on why you support that

Comment from james bannister, (5/8/2013, 4:41 AM)

criminals dont stop obtaining guns because of background checks. but many good people will be barred from owning guns due to government overreach. also states with gun control have the most murders by gun

Comment from arthur Bailly, (5/8/2013, 10:24 AM)

I agree with you that criminals will get gun if they really want one but If good people are banned from owning a gun because they didn’t pass a background check then they weren’t all that good, now were they. Back ground checks will not stop bed people from getting guns but it will prevent a lot of people who shouldn’t have not be able to walk into any store and buy one. Should we not put police on the streets anymore because they can’t stop crime from happening? No, you can’t stop everything from happening but you can at least minimize it. If good people are banned from owning a gun because they didn’t pass a background check then they weren’t all that good now were they. I’m a gun owner and I had to do a background check to buy my pistols and it didn’t bother me at all. But then again I’m not a criminal and have nothing to worry about when my background check is done.

Comment from Rogers Karr, (5/8/2013, 12:11 PM)

A background check is required every time a firearm is purchased from a FFL dealer. All firearms are tracked from the manufacturer to the purchaser. If you fail the background check, the dealer cannot legally sell you the firearm. Unfortunately, the disqualifiers for background checks are not reliably entered into the database. The "loophole" involves the sale or transfer of a firearm between two individuals. There is no "gun show loophole for a dealer." I object to the federal government now classifying me as a dealer if I decide to sell a firearm to someone.

Comment from Car F., (5/8/2013, 3:30 PM)

Gun control will do nothing in a society where the culture of violence, force, disrespect for life, the right of others and messianic delusion are the rule.

Comment from William Gusnard, (5/9/2013, 8:19 AM)

Part of the new govenrment background checks will be for mental instability - either yourself or someone in the house who has acccess to the gun. That means if you are taking any kind on antidepressant or ADD medicine - you will fail the background check. It does not matter why you are taking the anti-depressant - and millions of Americans take them for silly little reasons. I have several firearms myself and I had to wait seven days on the background check before I could complete the transfer. However, I see articles published in the paper all the time of guns for sale that do not have any checks ever associated with them. My favorite gun control comment came from a convict in Illinois when asked how he got his guns and ammunition. His reply: " I stole them since I cannot legally but one." That pretty much says it all.

Comment from M. Halliwell, (5/9/2013, 10:53 AM)

Guys, speaking as someone from a jurisdiction that has much tighter gun control laws, I can say that no matter how tight you want to try to make the laws, they are never going to prevent gun violence or criminals from getting guns. We had a case in Alberta a few years ago where the terror of a town...the guy everyone knew about and should never have had firearms...ambushed, shot and killed 4 Mounties. Toronto has many, many, many handgun deaths every year in spite of some pretty tight posession, acquisition, transport and storage laws plus the requirement for all handguns to be registered. Gun violence is a symptom of a much larger problem in society and gun laws are not a cure...they only treat the symptom of the "illness" and not the cause(s).

Comment from Jim Johnson, (5/9/2013, 11:48 AM)

Just this week the government themselves issued a report stating that expanded background checks will do nothing to reduce crime or gun violence. In the same report it states less than 1% of gun crimes used guns obtained at gun shows or from other private individuals. The very real problem with universal background checks was stated by Eric Holder himself. He stated that without universal background checks we have no way of generating a database of all gun owners so we can eventually confiscate them. The main reason for the push for background checks has nothing to do with crime or gun control, the object is people control! There are currently over 22,000 gun control laws and enforcing those laws would reduce crime, but the ATFE and DOJ refuses to enforce them. Last year over 75,000 felons lied on their ATFE application to try to purchase a gun, yet less than 100 were prosecuted for these felony offenses! Enforcing the existing laws will do far more to reduce crime than any background check scheme. There will always be evil people set on killing kids, no amount of checks is going to stop that. If we really are concerned for our kids safety then push for armed security at every single school building! About 1/3 of Americas schools already have armed security and not a one of them has ever had a school shooting. It is time we protect ALL our kids from those truly evil people that exist.

Comment from Jim Johnson, (5/9/2013, 12:03 PM)

I am not against stopping mentally ill individuals from purchasing a gun if that individual if deemed a threat to themselves or society by a Phd Psychiatrist or Phd Psychologist and that doctor submit a signed, notorized letter stating that person is a threat. But, many people are returned to normal behavior after treatment, so such a letter should only be good for 24 months and then it would have to be renewed or dropped off the no buy list. The ATFE has a list of 170,000 veterans who cannot legally own a firearm just because at some time they were judged to have PTSD. Of that 170,000 it is estimated that less than 100 are truly a threat to anyone. This means 169,900 people who put their very life on the line for our country are being denied their constitutional right to own a firearm. This must stop! The government must stop blacklisting whole groups of people just because they take some particular drug or have been diagnosed at some time with some mental condition. As it is, this slipshod manner is stopping people who really need help from getting it because they do not want to be unjustly blacklisted. We need to regulate those who are a threat to society, but we need to do it in a reasonable and prudent manner.

Comment from Carl Thompson, (5/10/2013, 8:35 PM)

States like Idaho, Montana, North Dakota have less police per capita than more populated states. Yet they have less murders. By the logic of these anti background check people, this means that we do not need police. Police rarely stop a murder, therefore murder, should it be decriminalized. If we make background checks mandatory and find things wrong with the law, guess what? We can make adjustments to the law. Our laws are not engraved in stone.

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