86 percent of Americans want background checks

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Consistent

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Fifty-six percent of Americans polled think that sales of assault weapons should stop and that high-capacity magazines should be banned. Eighty-six percent want expanded background checks on people getting guns online or at gun shows.

But a minority of 41 senators oppose those things, so the sensible gun laws that are supported by a majority of the nation's population and a majority of the Senate will very likely be filibustered out of existence today.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was impassioned in this debate.

Today our decision will determine the decision of our country. Today I choose to vote my conscience, not only is Harry Reid a United States senator but also a a husband, a father, a grandfather and I hope friend of lots and lots of people, I choose to vote my conscience because, if tragedy strikes again, I’m sorry to say, Mr. President, it will, if innocents are gunned down in a classroom, theater or restaurant, I would have trouble living with myself as a senator, as a husband, a fathers, or grandfather and friend, knowing that I didn’t do everything in my power to prevent that incident.

Reid absolutely has it in his power, as Senate Majority Leader, to do more than vote his conscience. He's got the power to allow the majority in the Senate to prevail, for once, on an issue that the has galvanized the country. He's got the power to answer for the death of so many innocents, in Newtown, in Tucson, in Aurora, in Oak Creek, in towns and cities all over the country.

He, and the majority of senators who want to actually do their jobs, could do them now and end the filibuster.
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Few see it as the MOST IMPORTANT.... funny you need to lie, little "guy". Guess, it's like your honesty... not the most important, right teabagger ??? LMAOROF~! Poor trashy...
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New Gallup polling testing public support for nine of Obama's specific proposals for preventing gun violence -- without invoking Obama's name in the question -- shows a majority of Americans backing all of them, ranging from 54% support for banning high-capacity magazines to 91% for requiring criminal background checks for all gun purchases. This can be contrasted with Gallup's earlier finding that 53% of Americans want to see Congress pass Obama's anti-gun violence package as a whole -- a question explicitly associating the plan with the president.

If Congress is looking to public opinion for what to pass first, the poll indicates background checks, stiffer penalties on straw purchasers, bans on armor-piercing bullets, and more funding for police, school security, and mental health programs would face little public resistance. On the other hand, other gun control measures, such as bans on so-called assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, might not only be difficult to get through Congress, but hard to sell to Republicans and independents. At the very least, Congress needs to make sure that any action taken on guns is seen as supplemental to meaningful school security and mental health policy reforms, not a substitute for it.
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The Founding Fathers worried that “some common impulse of passion” might lead many to subvert the rights of the few. It’s a rational fear, one that is played out endlessly. Obama, who understands how to utilize public passion better than most, flew some of the Newtown families to Washington for a rally, imploring Americans to put “politics” aside and stop engaging in “political stunts.”

This is, by any measure, a preposterous assertion coming from a politician piggybacking tragic events for political gain. It would have been one thing, I suppose, if the gun control legislation written in the aftershock of a gruesome massacre had anything to do with the topic at hand. But what senators came up with would have done nothing to stop the shooter in Newtown — or the one in Aurora, Colo. Passions can be aggravated by events, but in this case, events have little to do with the policy at hand.

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Want to change the Constitution? Start the process and go for it.

Otherwise, read what is written below and know that this this part of what makes the US the greatest nation on Earth.

"...the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."

“We have 545 traitors.”

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I wonder how many people were against Obamacare when he pushed it through against public outcry. Where was 'the will of the people' then?
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Blern wrote:
I wonder how many people were against Obamacare when he pushed it through against public outcry. Where was 'the will of the people' then?
It is still at 67% opposed to Obamacare.....But that is different.

Under Obamacare, in about 10 years, "Boards" will decide if "We can save one life" will be worth the cost......But that is different.

I like Demokrats, they be some smart "folk".....and Totally Consistent.
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Dat Tru wrote:
We already have background check laws. They didn't work when 3 of the recent mass killers passed background checks. We need to fix the laws we have and enforce them. Not create more laws that will be just as ineffective.
The "Laws" cannot be enforced now, yesterday, or in the future.

Laws just make more "Criminals".

The answer is...Life is hard. We are born, we die.

Every Law should 1st answer ONE question, "How does this Law affect Freedom and Liberty"...that's it!

Not "Is this Law going make us safer"

Not "Is this law going to make life more fair"

Life is not safe, we all are going to die.

Life is not fair, look at Slewsie, and what life did to her.....not "fair", but "just".

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The "Laws" cannot be enforced now, yesterday, or in the future.
Laws just make more "Criminals".
The answer is...Life is hard. We are born, we die.
Every Law should 1st answer ONE question, "How does this Law affect Freedom and Liberty"...that's it!
Not "Is this Law going make us safer"
Not "Is this law going to make life more fair"
Life is not safe, we all are going to die.
Life is not fair, look at Slewsie, and what life did to her.....not "fair", but "just".
Criminals with guns effect my freedom and liberty. I don't see a problem with a mandatory 20 year prison term for using a firearm during a crime. I don't agree that all guns should be banned and I agree that a lot of people shouldn't have them but neither is a reason to restrict my right to own one.

Consider drunk driving. This is a situation where a person acts fatally irresponsible with a deadly weapon. Do we ban cars and liquor? No we enforce strict penalties and long prison sentences and those act as a deterrent to bad behavior. For the most part, it has been successful. When it is not, the penalties are strengthened and less people commit the crime. When did we abandon this model with gun crime?
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In everyday speech, affect is a verb. It means to influence something...

You're too stupid to write it, but you want it to have meaning.... you cannot impart ???

Teabaggers, cute as newborn kittens and ALMOST as smart.

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Dat Tru wrote:
We already have background check laws. They didn't work when 3 of the recent mass killers passed background checks. We need to fix the laws we have and enforce them. Not create more laws that will be just as ineffective.
But that would prevent politicians from using a tragedy to benefit themselves politically.
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Bushwhacker wrote:
In everyday speech, affect is a verb. It means to influence something...
You're too stupid to write it, but you want it to have meaning.... you cannot impart ???
Teabaggers, cute as newborn kittens and ALMOST as smart.
Thank you for the Perspectives of a Neurotic Psychotic.

Do you remember Mommy "Potty Training" you at to young an age?

I bet you remember Uncle Daddy and Poop Time, don't you you anal retentive waste of humanity.
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I have the IQ of a ten year old.
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Consistent wrote:
I have the IQ of a ten year old.
Yes you do, That is why I change my name when you go Full Blown Psychotic and masturbate to your fantasies about me.
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Smart Liberal wrote:
Want to change the Constitution? Start the process and go for it.
Otherwise, read what is written below and know that this this part of what makes the US the greatest nation on Earth.
"...the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."
What's it like to poorly quote THE CONSTITUTION ???

"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

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