Hardest Key to Gun Control: Background Checks
Obama's most effective gun control measure will be hard won
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 3, 2013 9:28 AM CDT
President Barack Obama shoots clay targets on the range at Camp David.   (AP Photo/The White House, Pete Souza)

(Newser) – Expanding background checks for gun purchases is the most vital move President Obama can make in the battle to reduce gun violence, experts say, and 90% of the American public is in favor of expanding them. But the White House still faces an uphill battle in passing the bill—the first significant piece of gun control legislation since 1993—as senators continue to squabble over the minutiae and pro-gun groups step up their opposition, reports the New York Times. “If you were only going to do one thing, this is the single most important thing that Congress can do to prevent gun violence,” says an adviser to Michael Bloomberg's Mayors Against Illegal Guns. “If it does fail, then Congress is going to need to explain why they thwarted the will of the electorate."

The current background-check system has vetted 108 million people and denied 1.9 million purchases since 1994, but only covers 60% of gun sales. The NRA has previously supported background checks, but with Obama and gun control advocates now pushing for stricter laws, it's fighting back against what it believes will ultimately result in a national gun registry. “When another tragic ‘opportunity’ presents itself, that registry will be used to confiscate your guns,” warns NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre.

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cornelison
Apr 3, 2013 6:12 PM CDT
Message to NRA members: Are you able to send the NRA executive their "walking papers?" Can you fire Wayne & elect new leadership in the NRA?
reallybig
Apr 3, 2013 6:12 PM CDT
TRUTH BE TOLD ..... The "biggest" lies? --- The hardest key to gun control is "background checks" on gun buyers? --- Obama and the Democrats are like a bunch of screeching monkeys, throwing rocks, sticks, and grass .. in their attempts to control guns to law abiding citizens .. with "no" attempt to stop the gang-bangers .. who commit most of the homicides. --- And Obama? --- Who knows where he's from? --- The "first" background check, should be on Obama..... really! THE TRUTH ...... There are way "fewer" homicides commited on innocent children, men, and women by individuals .. AND .. over 12,000 homicides a year commited by gang-bangers. --- The lying left-wing news media, gives National attention to the "fewer" indivdual homicides .. and they give only token coverage, to the thousands of gang-banger homicides. -- CRAZY? -- Control the guns to law abiding citizens .. but "not" the gang-bangers .. and criminals. --- It's like the monkeys, have taken over Washington ... zoo? --- The screeching monkeys, blaming the guns and bullets, is like blaming bananas? TRUTH BE TOLD ...... IF the US government can't prove Obama himself has a "real" birth certificate to prove his birth in Hawaii .. and grade scores to prove obama earned his school grades, to get a college degree .. and was ever a real practing lawyer, and "taught" Constitutional law .. how in the hell, can they do any trustworthy background checks, on anybody? MY OPINION? ... ONLY morons, idiots, and imbeciles, who are mostly Democrats, would believe this crap, the Democrats are now monkeying around with .. instead of trying to fix the real criminal problem. ---------------------------- REALLY
Fatquah
Apr 3, 2013 4:30 PM CDT
And as usual Obama lies about it to con you.