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The Brady Bill in the 90's already mandates purchases through the FFL network, which then uses NICS as part of background check. I suggest you research NICS and what a load of swiss cheese' NICS is because the states are not populating the database with effective enough data, most importantly they do not populate with the mental health records of those deemed dangerous. So what are these 'universal background checks' supposed to do if the underlying data is useless? I'm all for more security, though I do not know what this bill mandates for school security (is it trained personnel with a sidearm or last year's drop out with a walkie-talkie?) If it is the latter, it does nothing to deter a shooter. The third leg of the bill in debate is the anti-trafficking segment. You are a firearm owner, and you have filled out the same forms I have. Isn't there a 'is this firearms for YOU or are you buying for someone else?' If for someone else, already illegal. So again, what effectiveness does this have? Are these pols saying 'OK, we REALLY mean it this time....no buys for someone else!'
Hopefully you can see where I am going here, that these 'new' proposals are laws that in fact already exist. So what's the underlying push from these pols for? Near as I can tell, more records (meaning a path to registration) of law abiding gun owners. NO CRIMINAL is going to change anything they are doing in any way based on these proposals being discussed. Further hindrance and more intrusion into the lives of law abiding gun owners is all I see.
What is needed is the following: 1. Armed guards in schools. 2. Laws directed at the states to incur a penalty in withheld Federal tax dispersements if they do not keep NICS updated (esp. with mental health records.) 3. Re-establish the ability to involuntarily commit dangerous mental health patients (30 years ago we defunded institutions and at the same time made commitments 'voluntary.') 1 month ago
I guess I'll also address the 'what do you need those types of guns for' crowd. First and foremost is home defense (obviously the bad guys are using these guns, why would a homeowner want to combat that with a frying pan? You fight fire with fire.)
Next is varminting, which I'm sure the suburbanites have no idea what it is. However those that do the farming and ranching use those .223's to get at coyotes, squirrels, gophers, whatever is getting into the crop or supplies. Flatter shooting than a .22 and perfectly suited to the task.
There's also a lot of competition such as 3-gun, national match (which has been around for 100 years...civilian marksmanship program), small bore, high power and a pile of other competitive divisions based on setup.
5 months ago
I firmly support arming and training teachers that volunteer, pass CCW background check and also receive police or Gunsite training. When an attack such as this occurs, and it unfortunately will again since we still have people in love with their 'Gun Free Zone' (attn, sheep be here) sign, arming someone at the most critical point because SECONDS COUNT is obvious. SWAT and the police are fantastic. Unfortunately, they show up right as the massacre has ended.....the children do not have a SWAT team in their backpack. Get some people armed that can get between the loony and our kids. 5 months ago