GOP Senator: Background Checks Threat...

GOP Senator: Background Checks Threaten Liberty

Posted in the Minneapolis Forum

Awful Truth

Saint Paul, MN

#1 Feb 1, 2013
WASHINGTON -- Pursuing even the most popular of measures to curb gun violence would be a step toward destroying Americans' liberty, Sen. Orrin Hatch argued Thursday.

According to a string of polls, most gun owners favor the idea of universal background checks for gun purchases, and such a system was considered the most likely response to the horrifying rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

But for Hatch (R-Utah), even that is a move toward tyranny.

"That's the way reductions in liberty occur," Hatch told reporters outside the Senate chamber. "When you start saying people all have to sign up for something, and they have a database where they know exactly who's who, and where government can persecute people because of the database, that alarms a lot of people in our country, and it flies in the face of liberty."

Hatch argued that the current system of background checks -- which excludes some 40 percent of gun transactions -- should be refined before Congress expands that system.

"We do have a check system, and it has worked whenever they really implement it," Hatch said. "I hesitate to go beyond that. Let's implement what we already have."

Hatch also said he didn't think a new assault weapons ban would pass the Senate, much less the GOP-controlled House, and he bridled at another popular idea to ban the sorts of high-capacity ammunition magazines that have been used in recent mass shootings.

"Most killings are not done with high-capacity -- so-called -- rifles," Hatch said. "This is an express provision in the Constitution, unlike the penumbras and other conjured-up provisions that aren't there that the court has come up with over the years. This is express, and many people are very, very concerned about any infringement on it, and I'm one of them.

"It's easy to blow these things out of proportion," he added, saying he was "concerned as anybody" about mass shootings such as the attacks Sandy Hook, Conn., and Aurora, Colo. "But it's also not easy to stand up for the liberty rights of people that really are the basis for the Second Amendment to begin with."

Michael McAuliff covers Congress and politics for The Huffington Post. Talk to him on Facebook.

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#2 Feb 1, 2013
So, the point is Mr Hatch, representing the state of Utah, which I believe was a Red state in the last election, stands by his principles, which happens to be in opposition of the those held by the Huff & Puff post and Mr. Obama! I guess there is only one think to say. Thank you Mr. Hatch for your view on this issue.
Amused Slew

Kent, WA

#3 Feb 1, 2013
Guess, you "don't mind" dead Americans ???
Amused Slew

Kent, WA

#4 Feb 1, 2013
Probably, don't vote, after they're killed, right ?
Awful Truth

Saint Paul, MN

#5 Feb 1, 2013
No. Republicans believe that the number of innocent Americans murdered each day by guns is perfectly acceptable.

Even when those murders occur close to home, like the Wisconie man that shot and killed his three children last year.

Collateral damage they used to call that back in Nam. As long as all Americans, sane or otherwise, are free to amass as large an arsenal as they want, all is will and a few lives lost is worth it.
Amused Slew

Kent, WA

#6 Feb 1, 2013
Hey, if you agree with me, you're likely to be attacked, by the senile, wolf pack, moniker mutts... WATCH OUT !!!

Since: Oct 08

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#7 Feb 1, 2013
Awful Truth wrote:
No. Republicans believe that the number of innocent Americans murdered each day by guns is perfectly acceptable.
Even when those murders occur close to home, like the Wisconie man that shot and killed his three children last year.
Collateral damage they used to call that back in Nam. As long as all Americans, sane or otherwise, are free to amass as large an arsenal as they want, all is will and a few lives lost is worth it.
Apparently so do Democrats, who control New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. Easily 3 of the top 5 cities in murders every year. Chicago, with the toughest gun laws in the nation, is near the top every year! The problem you have is called the Constitution. It seems to get the way of the liberal agenda, a lot!!
Consistent

Grantsburg, WI

#8 Feb 1, 2013
Niether of the Above wrote:
<quoted text>Apparently so do Democrats, who control New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. Easily 3 of the top 5 cities in murders every year. Chicago, with the toughest gun laws in the nation, is near the top every year! The problem you have is called the Constitution. It seems to get the way of the liberal agenda, a lot!!
Do not discombobulate the Sheeple with the truth!

The reality that you clearly state will NEVER be on the back of their Kool Aid Packages.

So you MUST be a Liar, and a Drunk, and a Racist, and a Homophobe, and a Pensioner, and an all around big old meanie that should die because you are old and white and male and heterosexual....ya that's it!

Since: Oct 08

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#9 Feb 1, 2013
Consistent wrote:
<quoted text>
Do not discombobulate the Sheeple with the truth!
The reality that you clearly state will NEVER be on the back of their Kool Aid Packages.
So you MUST be a Liar, and a Drunk, and a Racist, and a Homophobe, and a Pensioner, and an all around big old meanie that should die because you are old and white and male and heterosexual....ya that's it!
I would say I mature, am a male, heterosexual. That is a much information as I care to give out,,,

Since: Sep 11

Rogers, MN

#10 Feb 1, 2013
Niether of the Above wrote:
<quoted text>I would say I mature, am a male, heterosexual. That is a much information as I care to give out,,,
That's about as much as we want to know.:)

Since: Oct 08

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#11 Feb 1, 2013
cantmakeitup wrote:
<quoted text>
That's about as much as we want to know.:)
Thank you
Amused Slew

Kent, WA

#12 Feb 1, 2013
Niether of the Above wrote:
<quoted text>I would say I mature, am a male, heterosexual. That is a much information as I care to give out,,,
Mature males misspell words, to be silly morons...all the time.
Consistent

Grantsburg, WI

#13 Feb 1, 2013
Amused Slew wrote:
<quoted text>Mature males misspell words, to be silly morons...all the time.
Was somebody talking to you?

Did you hear a Zipper slide down and feel it was time for you to open your mouth?

STFU!

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