WASHINGTON — After the shooting of Representative Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona and others at a supermarket in Tucson in early 2011, the Justice Department drew up a detailed list of steps the government could take to expand the background-check system in order to reduce the risk of guns falling into the hands of mentally ill people and criminals. Most of the proposals, though, were shelved at the department a year ago as the election campaign heated up and as Congress conducted a politically charged investigation into the Operation Fast and Furious
The point of the article is for ways to slow down, or stop, a person with severe mental illness from getting hold of weapons or ammunition. The mindset of a psychotic person is very different from the mindset of a criminal. It is extraordinarily unusual...I can´t even think of a case right now...where a psychotic person breaks into a home to get a gun. Instead, a psychotic person seeking a gun either tries to purchase it through normal channels or tries to get a gun from the home of a relative or friend, a gun that he already knows the location of. If you make such guns harder to access - additional background checks, delay in delivery of a purchased weapon, guns locked and hidden away and hopefully no guns in the place where the psychotic person lives...you just saved a lot of lives.
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Country Boy, 12/16/2012 7:28:15 AM (No. 9068654)
The shooter this past Friday in Newtown CT was not a gun owner. I believe he "stole" his mother´s guns. Background checks not relevant.
Fast and Furious was a way to get guns to criminals to make headlines. They need guns to be in the hands of the mentally unstable and mexican criminals, that way the media can pound the drums until they can finally get to what they wanted to do all along, sweeping gun regulation.
Re: #2 - I respectfully disagree that the "point of the article" and the implied purity of the NYT´s is their purported desire to keep guns away from the mentally ill or criminals.
FTA: "conservative news media outlets were carrying out a withering campaign against Mr. Holder based on accusations — found to be false by the department’s independent inspector general — that he had sanctioned the reckless “gun walking” tactics..., including floating theories that it was all part of a conspiracy meant to crack down on gun rights."
For the NYT, "improving" background checks will ultimately involve keeping guns away from those of a particular political persuasion.
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