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Giffords to Senate: 'Too many children are dying'

Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords had a deliberate message for lawmakers Wednesday. "Too many children are dying. We must do something," she told senators, speaking briefly before her husband, Mark Kelly, testified on gun control. (with video)... Read more»

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Jan 30, 2013, 2:17 pm
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“Law-abiding gun owners will not accept blame for the acts of violent or deranged criminals, said the gun industry lobbyist. “Nor do we believe the government should dictate what we can lawfully own and use to protect our families.”

Well said. I wanted to leave a comment of some sort, but I really can’t improve on this closing quote.

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Jan 30, 2013, 2:22 pm
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I do want to add this…

There is a part of me, a minority part of me, that wants to see all these proposed gun laws pushed through. I want to see Obama get his way and see the Second Amendment repealed. I want to see it be illegal to buy any gun where you can fire more than six shots, and you cant take that gun anywhere except in your home and out of the wilderness…

The reason a part of me wants to see this so we can let a decade or so go by, and then by that time perhaps people at large then would be able to see that all these gun laws didn’t do a damn bit of good, and didn’t reduce gun violence one bit. Then, perhaps at that time, sanity would return, we would restore the Second Amendment, and with any luck the hysteria wouldn’t be brought up again, at least in my lifetime.

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Jan 30, 2013, 2:51 pm
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@Bret Linden

We think it’s reasonable to provide mandatory instant criminal background checks for every sale at every gun show. No loopholes anywhere for anyone.

NRA chief Wayne LaPierre, 1999

LaPierre testified today that the NRA now opposes such checks.

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Jan 30, 2013, 3:06 pm
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@Dylan Smith

Well, I do, too. Well, for private party sales. If I own something, I don’t want the government telling me that I can’t sell it and I’m stuck with it until Kozachik comes up with another idiotic gun buyback where I can get a Safeway gift card for it…

So LaPierre changed his mind, and he thought better of his previous position. Haven’t we all done that? I myself have done that on some issues. Obama’s done that many times on many issues, but when he does it its called “evolving”.

Personally, I would be OK with background checks for private party sales/gun shows if there were some sort of easy, simple, red-tape-free way for the seller to quickly check on the potential buyer. But, I know that would never be available. Even though we now live in a world with the internet, there are far too many forces that somehow believe that public records are confidential.

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Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was severely injured in the Jan. 8 shooting spree in Tucson that killed six people and wounded 12 others. Giffords made a surprise appearance with her husband, Mark Kelly, at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing considering gun-violence measures.

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