15.3.11

Obama. Gun Control. NRA.

http://azstarnet.com/article_011e7118-8951-5206-a878-39bfbc9dc89d.html
• First, we should begin by enforcing laws that are already on the books. The National Instant Criminal Background Check System is the filter that's supposed to stop the wrong people from getting their hands on a gun. Bipartisan legislation four years ago was supposed to strengthen this system, but it hasn't been properly implemented. It relies on data supplied by states - but that data is often incomplete and inadequate. We must do better.
• Second, we should in fact reward the states that provide the best data - and therefore do the most to protect our citizens.
• Third, we should make the system faster and nimbler. We should provide an instant, accurate, comprehensive and consistent system for background checks to sellers who want to do the right thing, and make sure that criminals can't escape it.
Porous background checks are bad for police officers, for law-abiding citizens and for the sellers themselves. If we're serious about keeping guns away from someone who's made up his mind to kill, then we can't allow a situation where a responsible seller denies him a weapon at one store, but he effortlessly buys the same gun someplace else.
Sounds reasonable. I expect that the people dead set against this will disregard it as it comes from a person they variously view as a Communist, anti-gun-ownership, extreme liberal etc etc. I count myself a conservative but see two posts below for my views on gun control/ownership.

http://gawker.com/#!5782152/nra-blows-off-white-house-invitation

"Why should I or the N.R.A. go sit down with a group of people that have spent a lifetime trying to destroy the Second Amendment in the United States?" said Wayne LaPierre, the longtime chief executive of the National Rifle Association.
He named Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who has almost no role in gun-related policies, and Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.
NRA is too entrenched and has too much money from the manufacturers to want to get involved in any kind of debate with a reasonable president that they don't trust.

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