Of all the gun-control measures touted by President Obama on Wednesday, the one that got top billing was a dramatic tightening of background checks on gun purchasers. Obama himself said the need was urgent because “40 percent of all gun purchases are conducted without a background check.” But before we make the most sweeping changes in federal firearms law since the 1960s, shouldn’t we at least examine the validity of that figure? It’s about as dubious as they come. The administration is focusing on background checks in an attempt to drive a wedge between staunch anti-gun-control absolutists
John Lott was discussing this very issue on Mark Levin last evening. Regarding a "universal background check", I believe it was Levin who brought up the issue of children inheriting firearms from their parents, or parents giving a firearm to a child as a gift. Now do we really expect a parent to request a background check on a child before giving them a firearm? This is ludicrous.
Also, does a "background check" differ from a police check? Here in VA, you cannot/cannot buy a gun at a gun show from a vendor, or a licensed gun store, without a police check. It doesn´t take long to do. And you must have a police check each time you buy a gun. You do not have to have a police check for private sales, which are allowed in VA, and which occur at the gun shows.
The vast majority of people with serious mental illness are not in the databases. Even if they have had repeated psychotic breaks. Even if they have had multiple hospitalizations for psychotic breaks. Even if they volunteer and would like their names to be in the database.
Until this loophole is corrected, delusional people will still get their hands on guns. Some will commit suicide. Others will kill their families. And a very, very few will commit mass murders of strangers.
I agree with Rush who said yesterday that when they are doing the background checks, they might want to do one on the president who has NEVER had a background check. Can you imagine the audacity of this thief who is stealing our country to be telling someone else they need a background check.
"The vast majority of people with serious mental illness are not in the databases."
The vast majority of people with serious mental illness don´t commit crimes, let alone violent ones. If 0bama had his way, I have no doubt he would expand (with the help of the evil Kathleen Seblius) the meaning of "serious mental illness."
SPARTANBURG, S.C.—Rick Perry isn’t fooling anybody. The cocksure Texas governor may have comfortably resisted taking the bait on a half-dozen questions about his 2016 presidential ambitions from reporters in this first-in-the-South primary state. “I just try to deflect as much 2016 conversation as I can,” he said Tuesday. “As I said, my focus is on 2014...” He may have even heaped unbridled praise on potential future rivals such as Bobby Jindal and Scott Walker as part of his ongoing cross-country campaign to trumpet the success of his colleagues. “Day in and day out, it is inarguable that the states that
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Nineteen people stood behind President Obama on stage in the Executive Office Building Tuesday as the president kicked off a new campaign to promote Obamacare. One of those people, a young Florida woman named Monica Weeks, introduced Obama after telling the story of being struck with Crohn´s Disease at age 19 and receiving expensive treatments for several years that were covered by her parents´ health care plan — because Obamacare allowed her to remain on that plan until age 26. Now, Weeks said, she has coverage through a job. "The Affordable Care Act gives young adults who are just starting
President Obama’s formerly illegal Kenyan uncle didn’t miss an opportunity to drop his famous nephew’s name in front of a federal immigration judge yesterday — and walked away with permanent legal residency — but one prominent immigration lawyer said the White House ties shouldn’t and probably didn’t matter. Onyango “Uncle Omar” Obama, seeking to overturn a decades-old deportation order, told Immigration Judge Leonard I. Shapiro he has a sister and two nieces in the United States, then added, “I do have a nephew.” Asked to name the nephew, he said, “Barack Obama. ... He’s the president of the United States.”
Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) said on MSNBC’s “PoliticsNation” Wednesday that when Jesus fed five thousand people with five loaves of bread and two fish, “he didn’t charge food stamps.” “When Jesus had those five loaves and two fishes, he didn´t charge food stamps. He didn´t ask anybody how much money they had. He fed them because they were hungry, and that´s really where we ought to be,” McDermott said in response to Republican critics of the SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). In September, the House approved a plan by Republicans to cut $39 billion in food stamps over the next
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