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    I'm glad they pointed out the CONSERVATIVE nature of the Politix population. The conservatives here claim that Politix is liberally biased but that flies in the face of the evidence. Every poll I have seen here ends up favoring the conservative side. I don't remember any exceptions.
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    In their defense though, the people who say that on here think that everything that's not on Fox News is liberally biased.
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    @AceLuby I could never understand how these Fox News types who say that Fox News is right down the middle can then go on and say everyone one else is biased to the left. By definition if everyone else is is on the left of you then YOU are the on the far right.
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    @PNWest maybe because shawn hannity, bill orielly, gretta and them always interveiw both liberal and conservatives.,msnbc does not do that most of the time, they just interveiw mad liberals and they are always mad as hell about something! i watch fox but when something happens that favors conservatives i like to turn it to msnbc just to watch there faces turn red in a mad rage, then i just sit back and laugh my butt off
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    @Medicinebow Sorry, but I've received NRA mail propaganda for the last 40 years, and it's only this year that they support comprehensive, universal background checks. Before, the NRA was deep in the pocket of the gun show folks.
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    @NormalFlora I've found references to Wayne Lapierre's 1999 speech to the NRA convention in which he favors universal background checks and gun-free school zones.
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    Not so....the context of the question has never changed. Gun owners have asked that existing laws be enforced. This is just another debaucle like immigration laws that are not enforced. Instead of holding those who break the law responsible the gun haters want to use their crimes as an excuse to blame all gun owners for the crimes of a few.
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    @NormalFlora I'm unsure of how long they've supported background checks. I believe they resisted these at first until provisions they supported were inserted...instant checks, no permanent records kept etc. Once the provisions they disagreed with were addressed they did support checks.
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    To prove to the friggin idiots in DC that lawabiding citizens do not commit murder! That's why we are willing to do the checks, however everyone will soon learn that all of these executive orders won't matter one damn bit. Criminals know where to get guns, and the schools, movie theaters, malls, etc are all still fair game because their security is still the same old thing. Obama believes it's cheaper to write more regulations against legal, lawabiding citizens than to revamp school security. Stupid, stupid, idiot.
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    Of course criminals know where to get guns... walmart for the uninitiated, gun shows for the felons.
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    @AceLuby Here in kentucky if you buy a gun at Walmart you go through a background check. Yes, gun shows are the felons happy hunting grounds for weapons.
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    @MadAmerican So you agree, we don't even make it difficult for criminals to buy guns today because they can very easily slip through the cracks and purchase all kinds of weapons sometimes with a BG check, many times w/out.
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    You do know that one of those executive orders was about helping schools to hire security officers.

    Background checks at gun shows will help make it harder for felons to get guns as will harsher penalties for those that sell guns for criminal use (most of whom get them from gun shows). Won't eliminate gun violence but reasonable people seem to generally agree that it will decrease it.
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    @Cheenoguy There are already studies that have been done about Obama's armed guards in schools and it is grossly underfunded. Less than half of the schools will be able to have full time security. They can do all the checks they want, however the gunshow and flea market loophole is where criminals get their weapons. But it still will not matter because criminals know where to get guns. Cristal meth and cocain is illegal but drug users still get them. What makes you think background checks are going to actually curb shootings? Remember Washington DC went totally no guns, and the murder rate increased.
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    For decades the NRA and gun nuts have demanded that the govt enforce the laws we have. We have laws against the mentally ill and criminals having guns. It's a no brainier. Background checks should be mandatory and that includes kitchen table sales. I'm not about to sell a gun to someone I can't check out. That's why I charged in the price of a gun I sold for an background check. You don't want to wait I have to assume you have a problem in your background.
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    I request the person produce a CCW permit or I won't sell. Every gun i've sold has been to a person I know personally.
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    One of the problem is that the ATF has not had a official director for years. With no one at the helm, how can something get done?
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    @Roco Directors are political appointees and rarely know jack about the day to day workings of any agency.
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    @jessejaymes So what you are saying is that any "political appointee" for any department does not know the "day to day workings". How to rectify that? Have every one go through Senate confirmation?
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    @Roco By and large roco it's my feeling that the Political appointees of govt agencies are there to pass along the bidding of the President at any time and to litigate on behalf of that president's desires. I don't think for a minute that the "head of the CIA" knows or cares what most of the CIA is doing just as long as it doesn't blow up in the face of the President as Bush's lies about Iraq did. When that happens they leave. Just like with Tenet. But they are not qualified to actually "run" an agency in most cases I don't believe.
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    Mary,

    The Pew survey involved 1,502 people. That is hardly enough people to claim that 85-90% of respondents in favor of universal background checks in any way correlates to "85-90% of Americans" doing so.
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    "Why do you think so many Americans support a background check for gun buyers?"
    To provide a minimum conception/protection blanket for the populace that ..." [insert name] down the street ,heaven forbid, owns a gun."
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    Well, hell, they have them NOW. If the question is: Do you support mandatory background checks for PRIVATE sellers who are just selling 1 or 2 firearms, then the answer is no, I don't. No more than I do for anyone selling an Assault Vehicle, like an SUV, HUMV, etc. lol
  • #108
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    Common cents! To insure that who is purchasing is reliable mentally.....and not a known criminal. Remember guns don't kill people, but the person behind it does.
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    Because we are fearful people... How about background checks on congress before they go to war and murder people ? Or should we ban drones from Obama? He kills children all the time in his game of drones. Hypocrisy.
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    So they can weed out the crazy ones that give gun owners a bad name. Also it pisses off the libs. They will have to find something wlaw to birch about
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    They are playing word games in an attempt to confuse people in order to advance their civilian-disarmament agenda. Background checks are ALREADY required for ALL guns purchased by ALL persons from ALL licensed gun-dealers in ALL states, including ALL gun-shows. Furthermore, under ATF regulation 478.41 ALL persons engaged in selling firearms MUST be licensed. The few instances of private (i.e. non-licensed) citizens selling or trading from their private collection, does not comprise a source of guns for criminals - it is inconsequential. If there really are people engaged in the business of selling guns who are not licensed - it's only because the ATF has chosen to not enforce current law.

    The point is - there is no "gun-show loophole". There never was. It's a fictitious fabrication of the anti-gun zealots.
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    Cause we don't want criminals or nut jobs getting guns, but I only support background checks that are in know way tied to tracking and registration.....
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    I agree with the back ground checks for everyone buying a gun. It must be done in such a way that it is possible for the private owners to do and the ATF must stop keeping the records beyond the 30 days as required by the law. Background checks should not be used as a method to create a national registration. History shows us that registration is the first step to greater gun control.
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    last time i checked, criminals on the streets of Oakland didn't bother with the whole background check thingy. and even if they did, they would still gun each other down at an unparalleled pace! fix that oblamey!!!!!!!!
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