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NRA: We'll Fight Universal Background Checks
Assault-weapons ban odds: 'very, very small'
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jan 31, 2013 3:05 AM CST
National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre testifies on Capitol Hill, Wed., Jan. 30, 2013.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

(Newser) – The NRA plans to oppose mandatory background checks on all gun purchases, its president tells USA Today yesterday, rejecting one of the most popular proposals on gun control: the closure of loopholes allowing gun-show purchases without background checks. If the measure, which polls with 85% support, can't get through, prospects for other new rules look bleaker, the paper suggests. Would the NRA call on legislators to oppose such a requirement? "If it came up today, yes," said president David Keene.

Keene saw a less than 50% chance the measure would pass Congress. "But it has a better chance (than an assault-weapons ban) because it sounds reasonable," he noted. The likelihood of that ban? "Very, very small," he said. Still, he offered a "caveat": "When you get in a battle with the president of the United States, if he's willing to spend political capital, you'd be foolish to ... bet against him." But with other things on his plate, President Obama isn't likely to push as hard for the ban as Bill Clinton did, Keene said.

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Slinger73
Jan 31, 2013 10:16 PM CST
Really, what I find most amusing about this whole scenario is that all the gun-toting paranoiacs are so damned frightened. Like, white-knuckle, wide-eyed fear. It's so clear and so obvious how much they fear their fellow man, and I really enjoy seeing their pitiful displays of machismo laid so bare and so clear. Yep. Mean Ole Gummint's gonna take all y'alls guns. What then? You really think Mean Ole Gummint wants this land run by thugs and bandits? Think crime's gonna take over if your thick wrists aren't wrapped around an antipersonnel device? Nope. Not efficient. A country what's draining its taxpayers dry to maintain order in some distant sand-hole ain't about to let a buncha domestic terrorists run down its tax income. Doesn't make a profit. Sorry, ye fervent defenders of chaos, but order is an unfortunate inevitability, so long as thinking people run the show. And if you would prefer shooting people run the show, rather than thinking people, I do hear that Somalia and Colombia have empty houses. Lot of room for a man to defend himself there.
CharlesP
Jan 31, 2013 1:25 PM CST
You are all a BUNCH OF ANTI-AMERICAN IDIOTS! Would you all be happier if the killings were done with a vehicle? Or how about ARSON? OR POISON? OR SOME TYPE OF IED (improvised explosive device)???????? KILLERS WILL FIND A WAY TO KILL! YOU are all to big a bunch of WUSSES to STAND UP to the actual CRIMINALS OF AMERICA, so you all want to take the easy route, suggested by a corrupt government, and pretend that background checks will solve a problem OF CRIME!! Too BAD THAT CRIME EXISTED LONG BEFORE GUNS WERE INVENTED! TOO BAD THAT THE FEDS ARE FAMOUS FOR PAYING OUT SOCIAL SECURITY TO DEAD PEOPLE, and WERE RECENTLY CAUGHT GIVING TWO SOC.SEC. NUMBERS TO MANY PEOPLE!!!! Or that they FEDS OPENLY DO NOTHING TO ILLEGAL ALIENS, while we all know that more than 50% OF gang members are illegal aliens!!! all of your solutions are worthless!!! Man up and take the nation away from all the criminals! Or CONTINUE TO KISS THE CROOKS ON THE ARSE, WHILE YOU PISS AND MOAN!!!
CharlesP
Jan 31, 2013 12:57 PM CST
What are you all trying to stop? Prisoners in the federal and state prisons already MAKE GUNS FROM PLUMBING PARTS! YOU WILL NOT STOP THAT, since they do this WHILE UNDER THE GOVERNMENTS CONTROL, 24/7!!! So you think that background checks will stop private sales? Criminals will still sell guns, as they found in Australia, 2004. Crooks were running a factory to build full auto machine guns, because of the gun bans that that nation started!!! YOU WILL JUST PREVENT THE HONEST PEOPLE FROM BEING ABLE TO PROTECT THEMSELVES! AND THAT IS WHAT THE CROOKED GOVERNMENT WANTS!