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Take the damn Vote already.

Even strong majorities of Gun Owners support it -- So What's the Problem?


These overwhelming majorities support new Universal Background Checks.


Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds Support For Universal Gun Background Checks Is 92%

February 7, 2013

[...]
On gun-control, there is overwhelming 92 - 7 percent support for background checks for all gun buyers, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds. Support for universal background checks is 91 - 8 percent among voters in a household with a gun.
[...]

Voters support 52 - 43 percent stricter nationwide gun-control laws. Attitudes on other gun-control issues are:

   56 - 39 percent support for a ban on the sale of assault weapons, with voters in gun households opposing a ban 52 - 44 percent;

    56 - 40 percent support for a ban on the sale of high capacity magazines holding more than 10 rounds, with voters in gun households opposed 52 - 45 percent;

[...]
Better than 9 out 10 support it.  So take the damn Vote already. Pass the Universal Background Check law, that overwhelming majorities of us support.



Gun Poll: Background Checks Supported By 92% Of Americans

by Ariel Edwards-Levy, Huffington Post -- 01/17/2013

Universal background checks on gun buyers are favored by 92 percent of Americans, according to a CBS News/New York Times poll released Thursday.

[...]
Support for the plan crosses demographics, with those in favor including 93 percent of gun households, 89 percent of Republicans, and 85 percent of households with NRA members.

The poll was taken before President Barack Obama's press conference Wednesday, when he called for background checks, among a host of other gun control reforms.

"The only way we can change is if the American people demand it," Obama said.
[...]


92% of Americans support Universal Background Checks -- 93% of gun households -- So what's the problem?

No seriously, what is it?  Are we afraid of starting the course corrections on the scourge of senseless, tragic deaths in this country, due to the easy availability of high powered guns, to one and all -- No Questions asked?


We should be more afraid of the status-quo, business-as-usual congressional game-players, who are willing to ignore 92% of the public, all to protect their own political careers from some phantom menace, otherwise known as the NRA. (That Lobbying organization that can't even persuade its own members -- to abandon their common sense.)


92 out of 100 people could quite easily vote these status-quo, gutless wonders out of office.

Perhaps the politicians should be more afraid of that outcome, eh?



Originally posted to Digging up those Facts ... for over 8 years. on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 03:38 PM PST.

Also republished by Shut Down the NRA and Repeal or Amend the Second Amendment (RASA).

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  •  Maybe (7+ / 0-)


    Maybe Americans are sick and tired

    of very, very disturbing statistics like this:



    Buying a Gun should not BE as Easy as Pie
    by jamess -- Feb 22, 2013


    Maybe Americans are sick and tired, of seeing other Americans,

    becoming these "statistics" ?

    •  Why are you politicizing these tragedies? It's too (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      jamess

      soon to talk about this! You're exploiting the victims!

      /snark - it's actually too late.  Time to pass sensible firearm regulations.

      Then they came for me - and by that time there was nobody left to speak up.

      by DefendOurConstitution on Sat Feb 23, 2013 at 08:04:21 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  Re: (0+ / 0-)

      Buying a gun can be as easy as pie for all I care, so long as doing so is secure and safe for the law abiding and nigh impossible for the criminal.

      There are on the order of 500,00 firearms a year flowing into prohibited hands.  I find it helpful to break down the problem like so.  

      * Transactions between retailers and the prohibited
      * Transactions between private sellers and the prohibited
      * Straw purchases
      * Theft from retailers and gun owners

      We can chip at the first three through expanded background checks, but theft is by an order of magnitude (though thankfully declining) the widest flow of firearms into the wrong hands.  One thing I found tremendously disappointing was the short shrift given to securing firearms by all sides of the debate.  The NRA is focused on the deficiencies (which are serious) in the gun control lobby's preferred solutions, and the gun control lobby continues to advance severely inadequate measures such as trigger locks and storing firearms and ammunition separately.  And for all the effort we've invested in helping Americans secure health care, no one is even talking about state and national programs to help gun owners purchase what they need to securely store their firearms and ammunition.

  •  9 out of 10 Americans support it, (8+ / 0-)

    and hundreds upon hundreds of American Majors too.



    It's time to Close the Gun Show Loophole
    by jamess -- Feb 21, 2013


    400 Mayors Call on Congress to Support H.R.2324/S.843 and
    Close the Gun Show Loophole (pdf)

    July 1, 2009

    As members of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a bi-partisan coalition of more than 400 mayors in 44 states representing more than 56 million Americans, we are writing to urge Congress to close the gun show loophole by passing H.R.2324/S.843. For too long, the gun show loophole has provided criminals and other prohibited purchasers easy access to guns by allowing them to sidestep background checks. H.R.2324/S.843, introduced by Representative Mike Castle (R-DE) and Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), would close this loophole by requiring background checks on all firearm sales at gun shows.

    [...]

    Sincerely,

    Thomas M. Menino, Mayor of Boston, Coalition Co-Chair

    Michael R. Bloomberg, Mayor of New York City, Coalition Co-Chair


    Members of Mayors Against Illegal Guns:

    Mayor Larry P. Langford, Birmingham, Alabama
    Mayor Thomas Henderson, Center Point, Alabama
    Mayor Carroll L. Watson, Lincoln, Alabama
    Mayor Samuel L. Jones, Mobile, Alabama
    Mayor Ron Davis, Prichard, Alabama
    Mayor Omar Neal, Tuskegee, Alabama
    Mayor Carolyn Floyd, Kodiak, Alaska
    Mayor Patrick Hays, North Little Rock, Arkansas
    Mayor Carl A. Redus, Pine Bluff, Arkansas
    Mayor Jane P. Kennedy, Campbell, California
    Mayor Cheryl Cox, Chula Vista, California
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    Mayor Marc Searl, Hemet, California
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    Mayor Sukhee Kang, Irvine, California
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    Mayor Rob Schroder, Martinez, California
    Mayor Jim Ridenour, Modesto, California
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    Mayor Jean M. Benson, Palm Desert, California
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    Mayor Jonathan Harrison, Redlands, California
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    It's time to Close the Gun Show Loophole.

    aka. the "personal sale exception."

  •  Our government is broken. (8+ / 0-)

    An infinite number of more and better Democrats will make small difference in a plutocracy.

    The Class, Terror and Climate Wars are indivisible and the short-term outcome will affect the planet for centuries. -WiA "When you triangulate everything, you can't even roll downhill..." - PhilJD

    by Words In Action on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 03:57:49 PM PST

  •  yep (5+ / 0-)

    "Let us never forget that doing the impossible is the history of this nation....It's how we are as Americans...It's how this country was built"- Michelle Obama

    by blueoregon on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 04:01:53 PM PST

  •  It seems like it should be such (5+ / 0-)

    easy legislation to pass with these poll numbers.  It just really demonstrates how Congress can't get anything done.  Or doesn't want to get anything done.

    He that chooses his own path needs no map. Queen Kristina of Sweden.

    by Boppy on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 04:02:24 PM PST

  •  Congress does not care what the public wants. (4+ / 0-)

    The public presuming to tell Congress what to do is the enemy. The public expecting Congress critters to be public servants are intolerable. Our agents of government are still convinced that they have been selected to rule -- that democracy is merely a formality by which petty potentates are put into office. We the people, or rather our ancestors, gave consent in 1789 and ever since we've been subject to a rotating dictatorship, instead of a hereditary sovereign.

    There is some predicate for this belief. Until 1947 all US officials enjoyed "sovereign immunity." After the passage of the Federal Tort Claims Act, that was reduced so that Congress only enjoys immunity from the consequences of what occurs on the floor of each chamber, law enforcement personnel enjoy "qualified immunity" and prosecutors, because their role is presumed to be merely ministerial (passing info from the executive to the judiciary) still enjoy absolute immunity. Even if they lie, they can't be held to account in a court of law. It's not a matter of law; it's tradition.

    Government by the people has a ways to go, but we're moving forward. Whether Barack Obama is fully committed is not clear. I like to think he's following some of the laws to the letter to demonstrate how stupid they are. The drones, for example, are legal, because they comply with the Authorization to Use Military Force in hunting down terrorists, a law that the Congress has refused to rescind. Indeed, Congress is opposed to employing traditional law enforcement means and won't appropriate dollars for such a program. Congress routinely rations funds to prevent things it doesn't want from being done -- like shutting down Guantanamo. And all the time they pretend it's all the President's fault.

    Authoritarians like having dictators (deciders) on whom all mistakes can be blamed --aka scapegoat.

    We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 04:13:17 PM PST

    •  well then (4+ / 0-)

      perhaps it's time

      for the public to put the Progressive Caucus on the map,

      despite whatever the Congress might want.

      •  I think the problem with the term "progressive" (1+ / 0-)
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        has been that people have not been clear about what it means. The President's men have substituted the word "forward," but the goal is still unclear. What is it we are progressing or moving forward to? The answer, I would suggest, is human rights.
        That humans have rights seems such a given, but it's not. The Constitution in enshrining slavery stripped some humans of all rights and called all humans' rights into question. Instead, as a sop, the founders elevated ownership. Property rights were supposed to make up for the fact that a person's very existence could be questioned and challenged and ended. Capital punishment is a remnant and a reminder that life itself is not an entitlement.

        We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

        by hannah on Sat Feb 23, 2013 at 03:35:17 AM PST

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  •  They're trying to work out a bipartisan deal... (7+ / 0-)

    ...with exemptions for family transfers and possible exemptions for people in certain rural areas. See my coverage here.

    I am for zero exemptions so I am not too happy with this deal so far.

    I think universal background checks will pass without too much trouble in the Senate. In the House? Probably a squeaker although some Republicans have indicated they might vote for it. But they want even more exemptions.

    Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

    by Meteor Blades on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 05:49:10 PM PST

    •  A deal will be passed, but it will first have to (1+ / 0-)
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      be blessed by the NRA and have so many loopholes that it doesn't affect the most important thing for the NRA - gun sales.  The exemptions are total BS, just another way for the NRA and gun manufacturers to keep "laundering" legal guns into illegal guns.

      Then they came for me - and by that time there was nobody left to speak up.

      by DefendOurConstitution on Sat Feb 23, 2013 at 08:11:59 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  No, I think there are legitimate open (3+ / 0-)
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    questions left to answer. So we do the background check, then what? Who is allowed to obtain a gun and who isn't based on the BC? People who are under a doctor's care for mental health, institutionalized, seeing a therapist, or seen one in the past? To simply say those with mental health problems shouldn't own a gun is so vague it could mean anyone from being in a mental hospital involuntarily to those who have ever received any counseling for depression. It is a huge spectrum and to simply say 'vote on it' without defining what we are even looking for in a background check is akin to Nancy saying we have to pass ACA to see what's in it. I don't want to vote on something as serious as gun regulation without thinking about where we are going with this law and how do we implement it. And is it there a grandfather clause, or will affect current gun owners? There is a whole host of open ends besides 'yes let's have background checks'.

    •  "To simply say those with mental health problems (1+ / 0-)
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      shouldn't own a gun is so vague..."

      I think we can narrow that down to anyone who says "cold dead hands" or "coming for our guns" or "second amendment remedies", or that says they own guns to prevent the government from coming to take their guns.

      "We refuse to fight in a war started by men who refused to fight in a war." -freewayblogger

      by Bisbonian on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 06:21:13 PM PST

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    •  Worth quite a bit of thought (2+ / 0-)
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      annecros, DefendOurConstitution

      Current standards are both too strict and too permissive. A history of involuntary commitment can disqualify someone, and it's possible to have that history just for not being feminine enough (read "The Last Time I Wore a Dress").

      Meanwhile, there are dangerous people who haven't been committed yet.

      Freedom isn't free. Patriots pay taxes.

      by Dogs are fuzzy on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 08:50:29 PM PST

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  •  Our government doesn't work for us; they work for (2+ / 0-)
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    jamess, DefendOurConstitution

    Evil 1% only.

  •  B/c 8% care deeply about not having background (0+ / 0-)

    checks and most of 92% don't care that much about this issue. I still think it will pass in some form but a lot of issues are this way. And it's not about rich vs poor. 8% who are against background check are not particularly rich.

  •  Re: 92 percent (1+ / 0-)
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    Eventually, we'll have expanded background checks of some form or another.  But simply liking the idea doesn't mean that 92 percent of Americans can't live without it.  And the sticking issue with people who might turn against it revolves around preserving results of processed checks.  That's not an insurmountable obstacle.

    The exemption issue is pretty important given how transfer is defined.  If I loan a friend a rifle for a hunting trip, do we need to swing by the dealer every day out?  Do I have to submit to a background check every time I step into the gun club?  It'd be easier to open NICS to the public and hold owners responsible for conducting their own checks.  If they hand their guns over to someone who would have failed the background check, they can't use the unwitting victim of deception defense afforded by current law.

  •  Thank you for your diary. It is long past due that (1+ / 0-)
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    jamess

    our Congress break free from thew NRA and addresses firearm regulations to reduce the carnage.

    Then they came for me - and by that time there was nobody left to speak up.

    by DefendOurConstitution on Sat Feb 23, 2013 at 08:07:28 AM PST

  •  over 75% of Americans support (0+ / 0-)

    preserving Social Security as is, to the extent that they're willing to pay higher taxes in this crappy economy to keep it.

    So what's the problem?

    We don't have a representative government, that's the problem.

    if necessary for years; if necessary, alone

    by SouthernLiberalinMD on Sat Feb 23, 2013 at 08:57:02 AM PST

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