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  •  You're DEFENDING the NRA. (2+ / 0-)
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    Sandino, tobendaro

    I want to be sure I'm reading you correctly, here.  You're defending the lobby for weapons manufacturers, who have inordinate say in what national and state laws affecting guns, ammunition, modifications, and research into same are proposed, written, and passed, despite the the opinions of their own supposed membership.

    •  The NRA does a lot of rotten things (0+ / 0-)

      but I don't see the point of claiming that they're behind the lack of access to mental health data.  They actually supported a law encouraging states to pass on more relevant mental health records.

      NRA called it a win, and here's what gun control group MAIG says about it:

      The number of records entered into NICS
      has increased significantly since the law was signed in January 2008. As of December 2010, NICS officials were able to access nearly 70 million records when conducting a background check, including more than 1.1 million records identifying people who are prohibited for
      reasons of mental health.
       By October 2011, the number of mental health records in the NICS database had risen to more than 1.3 million.
      As the number of records in NICS has increased, so has the number of attempted firearms purchases that have been denied because of the mental health status of the
      buyer. In 2006, for example, only 405 gun sales were declined for mental health reasons; in 2010, that number increased to 6,103.

      the purpose of the second amendment is to promote a well-regulated militia, in the same sense that the purpose of the first amendment is to promote a well-informed electorate.

      by happymisanthropy on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 08:50:21 PM PST

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