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  •  Sounds like a good start (2+ / 0-)
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    high uintas, Thousandwatts

    It sounds like the AWB was not well-liked on all sides.

    •  It did nothing. (4+ / 0-)

      The only people who liked it were those who stocked up on ugly guns and banned magazines before the ban, and made a bunch of money selling them after the price went up.

      "A lie is not the other side of a story; it's just a lie."

      by happy camper on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 06:50:21 AM PST

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    •  Insisting on closing "the gunshow loophole" (1+ / 0-)
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      while doing nothing about providing mental health care, and improving the system for classification and reporting to the national database of those under treatment with a diagnosis which may enable suicidal or homicidal impulses?

      Will do nothing to prevent another psychotic from legally purchasing a firearm.  Another Cho, another Loughner, another Aurora shooter is guaranteed to "slip through the cracks" if this IS NOT ADDRESSED in this pending legislation.

      The heavy lifting isn't this size magazine or that size magazine, it's dealing with the cost and provision of mental health care, and the cost and provision for accurate record keeping.

      I'm not in-favor of the DoD labeling PTSD veterans as gun-disqualified forever.  That's the equivalence of a Dishonorable Discharge, applied to persons who were often heroic when called-upon.

      I'm also in-favor of the above discussion on removing the disqualification of non-violent Felons , while adding the disqualification of persons convicted of a violent crime - regardless of penalty.
      Misdemeanor Assault, Menacing, Sexual Battery, or Spousal Abuse, SHOULD mean NO GUN access.

      Those persons have issues of inappropriate behaviour with physical contact, and the word NO doesn't seem to sink-in.

      We'll hear how difficult it is to remove disabilities as often cops suspect you for this, and convict you for that.

      I've heard this with my own ears:

      We can't make a case putting him at that shooting, but we can "flake" him with 2 zs of Cocaine... and send him up long-time.  We know he's a banger, and guilty of something sooner or later.
      Is that any way to run a "Justice" system?

      In my opinion, no... and it's a poor excuse for a life-sentence continued outside of prison.

      •  Getting off the "no-fly" list when (0+ / 0-)

        inappropriately placed on it by the "dys"functioning bureaucracy is a perfect real-world example of your point.

        I call the "gun-show" loophole, what is actually is -- a private sale exemption (I believe JesseCW also emphasizes this point).  I suspect there are several reasonable approaches to provide better monitoring of all firearm sales and these merit  evaluation: for example, mandatory standardized private Bill of Sale with file retention or even quarterly governmental filing, expansion of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) to include private sales, etc.

        Most importantly, we must end the "starve the government" right wing policies that have created a huge underclass of "disadvantaged" who have have the greatest propensity to gun violence -- joblessness, no-living wage, limited employment and unaffordable educational opportunities, affordable and universally available health care and especially early identification and treatment of mental health needs.

        Thanks for adding to the sensible dialogue.

        The one permanent emotion of the inferior man is fear - fear of the unknown, the complex, the inexplicable. What he wants above everything else is safety. H.L. Mencken

        by ancblu on Sat Dec 22, 2012 at 12:23:46 PM PST

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