“NRA rejects deal on background checks”
The National Rifle Association (NRA) on Wednesday immediately rejected a bipartisan Senate duo’s proposal to expand background checks.
“Expanding background checks at gun shows will not prevent the next shooting, will not solve violent crime and will not keep our kids safe in schools,” a spokesman for the group said in a statement.
Republican Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) unveiled a deal on Wednesday to expand background checks for gun purchases. Manchin said he and Toomey had been “in dialogue” with the NRA throughout the negotiations, but said he wouldn’t speculate on how the group felt about the final product.
While the NRA says the proposal will do nothing to decrease gun violence, the group said it was a step back from the “universal” background checks the White House said it wants.
“While the overwhelming rejection of President Obama and Mayor Bloomberg’s ‘universal’ background check agenda is a positive development, we have a broken mental health system that is not going to be fixed with more background checks at gun shows,” the spokesman said. “The sad truth is that no background check would have prevented the tragedy in Newtown, Aurora or Tucson.”
The Senate proposal would close the so-called gun show loophole and require background checks and record keeping for firearms purchased at a gun show, online or through a classified ad. Failure to meet the background-check requirements would be classified as a felony.
Exemptions aside — imagine the government determining who comes to be thought of as a friend or where the cut off is for “family,” for instance — if Chuck Schumer is involved in supporting this legislation, then somewhere in it is the precondition for eventually eliminating (or criminalizing) all private sales, for problematizing gun transfers of any kind, and for creating some sort of backdoor database that will act as a registry.
It really is that simple: if Schumer is for it, I’m against it.
Already, a few people in NY have found that drugs routinely prescribed for panic attacks or seizure disorders or as sleep aids are being cited as justification for taking away firearms from a law-abiding citizens. And that’s because the government has records of concealed carry permit holders — who have presumably been finger-printed and, as a condition for receiving their CCW, had already to undergo a more rigorous check than do those people who buy guns at gun shows from licensed dealers.
[…]“We need a serious and meaningful solution that addresses crime in cities like Chicago, addresses mental health deficiencies, while at the same time protecting the rights of those of us who are not a danger to anyone,” the group said. “President Obama should be as committed to dealing with the gang problem that is tormenting honest people in his hometown as he is to blaming law-abiding gun owners for the acts of psychopathic murderers.”