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Compromise Sets Up Likely Senate Debate on Gun Laws

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n a breakthrough on gun legislation, two U.S. senators -- a Democrat and a Republican -- announced Wednesday they had worked out a compromise on expanding background checks on firearms buyers to include gun shows and Internet sales across state lines.

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Winnie A (179)
Wednesday April 10, 2013, 4:11 pm
It's about time!!!!

Lin Penrose (92)
Wednesday April 10, 2013, 4:46 pm
Thanks Cal, Set up a Debate? Who isn't influenced by the NRA and their propaganda will decide the objective and logical outcome.
That is a very strange picture you have accompanying the post. I it is think a darter frog in ugly human hands. Maybe not so strange.


Past Member (0)
Wednesday April 10, 2013, 5:01 pm
Thank you.

Susanne R (235)
Wednesday April 10, 2013, 11:34 pm
By John J. Donohue, Special to CNN:
(CNN) -- "In a new poll, Americans indicated that they support universal background checks by a margin of 91% to 8%. Even in households with guns, the margin was an overwhelming 88% to 11%.

"We think it's reasonable to provide mandatory instant criminal background checks for every sale at every gun show. No loopholes anywhere for anyone." Did President Barack Obama say that? No, that's from an advertisement taken out by the NRA in USA Today in 1999.

But a more powerful NRA today is in no mood to follow the slogan of their "be reasonable" ad campaign of 14 years ago. This relatively small group -- the NRA boasts that it has 4.5 million members, which is peanuts compared to the roughly 40 million AARP members -- might have the political power to pull it off.

Federal law prohibits selling guns to felons or the mentally ill. Background checks are the only way to enforce that law. So, besides criminals and the insane, who could possibly oppose universal background checks?

Gun manufacturers."

So who's running this country anyway? Gun manufacturers? Or the vast majority of American citizens? The politicians who represent the wealthy gun manufacturers have got to go! Any politician who does not support the wishes of the majority should be voted out of office and replaced by one who does. That's the only way we can weaken the gun lobby. It took some time, but we weakened the tobacco industry, which products were and still are a leading cause of death in this country. Now it's time to put the gun manufacturers in their place.

Remember: "Even in households with guns, the margin [of people supporting background checks] was an overwhelming 88% to 11%."

Past Member (0)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 5:32 am
As long as they don't enforce it, clearly indicated by past and present actions, who cares?

Past Member (0)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 7:12 am
It sounds to me like the NRA is so powerful there even more than the president


Robert O (12)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 9:24 am
Thanks Cal.

David King (3148)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 10:02 am
Tell Congress to Support Criminal Background Checks for Gun Purchases
For the first time in many years there is a real chance to pass legislation to reduce gun violence.

The Manchin-Toomey Amendment would require background checks for private party gun sales in commercial settings, including at gun shows and on the internet.

What will the bill do?

Provide better background checks: The bill would require background checks for all private sales in commercial settings, at gun shows and for internet sales;
Checks by dealers: Private sellers in commercial settings would be required to conduct a background check through a licensed dealer;
The bill covers sales including: (1) either at or immediately outside of a gun show, defined as any event with more than 75 guns for sale; or (2) pursuant to an advertisement on the internet.
Record keeping: Licensed dealers will run background checks on potential buyers and keep records of sales in the same manner as they have for more than 40 years. The FBI will destroy all evidence of successful background checks within 24 hours, and federal law will still prohibit the creation of a federal gun registry.
Simply put, this is legislation to prevent known criminals from getting unfettered access guns. While this proposal is not perfect, it will be critically important for shutting down criminal access to guns. Click here to send your message to Congress.

This is the first legislation in years that will limit gun violence that has a chance of passage.

But the NRA, and other apologists for criminal access, are fighting even this modest common-sense proposal.

Please send a message to your U.S. Senators and Representatives in Congress to pass legislation that requires criminal background checks for gun purchases. Cut and paste the link to sign the petition:


Birgit W (160)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 2:43 pm

Philip Heinlein (474)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 3:59 pm
let's have a vote and get all our reps on record.

Lois Jordan (63)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 4:12 pm
Background checks are a good start. Even if it passes the Senate, it's not a "done deal." Too many House Dems. haven't even responded on this issue because they're from areas where the NRA rules the pocketbook. If we can't even get House Dems. to vote together, what chance do we have for any new regulations?! These members must be shamed and threatened with being "primaried."
Just wondering how we ever got the Assault Weapons Ban passed in 1994. Maybe it was partly because it had an expiration date of 10 yrs. My biggest hope is that SOMETHING will pass, and amendments will get tacked onto it later, (much like the Monsanto Protection was). We must have that Assault Weapons Ban and ban of multiple clips included somewhere. Otherwise, whatever bill passes will surely be watered down. Congress has used this bait-and-switch method for years, but with so many eyes on them, I hope they're not getting away with it again. Our outrage must be documented with phone calls, petitions and mail.

Sandra ;atterson (59)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 5:32 pm
noted and shared,thank you

Shirley B (5)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 6:27 pm
Copy & pasted& signed x2. I would still like to see assault weapons banned entirely. If you cant't defend yourself with a Glock you better know how to run da8n fast. TY for the post Cal.

Thank you.David King.

Susanne R (235)
Saturday April 13, 2013, 1:40 am
Thank you for the petition link, David K.
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