Keeping Guns Out of the Wrong Hands With Universal Background Checks

May 24, 2013 Full story: US News & World Report 14

I was heartbroken, along with the rest of the country, over the shooting of 26 innocent adults and children in Newtown, Conn., last December.

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Since: Mar 09

The Left Coast

#3 May 24, 2013
Really, at this point what difference does it make.

“Shall NOT be infringed!”

Since: Apr 13

San Jose, CA.

#4 May 24, 2013
RustyS wrote:
Really, at this point what difference does it make.
We must not let any attempt go by unchallenged. Look how hard we have had to fight just to get these freaks to admit it is our right.

“Shall NOT be infringed!”

Since: Apr 13

San Jose, CA.

#5 May 24, 2013
"William Henry testified substantially as follows:

"I arrived at Bethlehem on the evening of the 6th of March, 1799. We had heard that there was a party of men would collect, for the purpose of rescuing the prisoners who were there in custody of the marshal; in consequence of that, I went to assist the marshal, and, if possible, prevail on the people to desist. I was one of the Judges of the Court of Common Pleas for the County of Northampton. About ten o' clock on the morning of the 7th, two men, with arms, arrived at the tavern where we were; who, when inquired of by the marshal as to their intention in coming armed, appeared to be diffident about answer; after first saying that they came upon a shooting frolic, one of them said they were come in order to see what was best to be done for the country. After that, came in several others, armed and on horseback, two of them in uniform, with swords and pistols...."

"...I also walked out for the same purpose, requesting them to withdraw, and not appear in arms in order to obstruct the process of the United States laws. They answered, that they were freemen, and might go where they pleased with their arms. I told them that they ran great risk by appearing in arms for such a purpose as I feared they were come. They came in a number, but I don t know how many particularly, as they mixed among the crowd. We requested them to deliver up their arms; but they refused. I also, at the same time, told one of them that it would be best for him to surrender himself, and not oppose the process; the others gave me answer, that they had come to accompany their friend, and to see that no injury was done to him. After this I returned into the lower back room of the house; by this time there were a number more collected round the house, but mostly armed. I don't recollect whether it was before these three men arrived, or not, that the marshal had sent off four men of his posse in order to meet the men with arms who were coming forward; and after we were up stairs three men arrived as a deputation from the armed body, making inquiry as to the intention of the marshal in taking these prisoners; with these three men, the four deputed by the marshal had returned from the armed body that was the other side of the bridge, in order to learn the marshal's object. The marshal assured them of the legality of the process, and reasoned with them as to the consequences of opposition, or threats to him, or preventing him from executing his duty; but I believe he liberated the two men that were first put in confinement, and returned them their guns. During the time that these two men were in confinement, we examined their guns, and found them loaded...."

- TRIAL OF THE NORTHAMPTON INSURGENTS, IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE UNITED STATES FOR THE PENNSYLVANIA DISTRICT PHILADELPHIA, 1799-1800, James Iredell, one of the Associate Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States.
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Sandy Hook, CT

#6 May 25, 2013
If they enforced the laws on the books gun violence would drop noticeably.

Since: Mar 09

The Left Coast

#8 May 25, 2013
GunShow1 wrote:
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We must not let any attempt go by unchallenged. Look how hard we have had to fight just to get these freaks to admit it is our right.
Sorry, I was quoting Clinton.

“Shall NOT be infringed!”

Since: Apr 13

San Jose, CA.

#9 May 25, 2013
RustyS wrote:
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Sorry, I was quoting Clinton.
My bad. I never listened to either Klintoon, so I am totally unaware of what either might have said. Not that anything they say really makes a difference mind you. ;)

"The American fire has proved more deadly in battle than any other; probably because we have been from our earliest years familiar with the use of fire-arms. The inducements, however, to such an use are fast decreasing. The rapid progress of agriculture, accelerated by the uncommon rewards of labour, is, by constant, though almost imperceptible degrees, impairing the efficiency our arms, by lessening the objects for their use."--Joseph Alston, Governor of South Carolina, Nov. 26, 1816 address to the Senate and House of Representatives.[Dec. 14, 1816 Issue of the National Register, No. 16, Vol. 2, Pg. 245]

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#10 May 25, 2013
GunShow1 wrote:
1816
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“Shall NOT be infringed!”

Since: Apr 13

San Jose, CA.

#11 May 25, 2013
barefoot2626 wrote:
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"Is it a fact that they had the liberties of their country within their grasp? that the troops then in command, even if led on by their illustrious chief, and backed by the apostates from the revolutionary cause, could have brought under the yoke the great body of their fellow-citizens, most of them with arms in their hands, no inconsiderable part fresh from the use of them, all inspired with rage at the fratricidal attempt, and not only guided by the federal head, but organized and animated by their local Governments, possessing the means of appealing to their interests as well as other motives, should such an appeal be required?"

- James Madison, Aug. 25th, 1825 letter to Henry Coleman.[LETTERS AND OTHER WRITINGS OF JAMES MADISON. FOURTH PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. IN FOUR VOLUMES. PUBLISHED BY ORDER OF CONGRESS. VOL. III. 1816-1828. PHILADELPHIA: J.B. LIPPINCOTT & CO. 1865. Pg. 495]
Gun Control Does Not Work

Seymour, CT

#12 May 25, 2013
If the leftist liberals would lock up the criminals and institutionalize the dangerously insane, instead of letting them prey on society, this violence in the US would end.

“Shall NOT be infringed!”

Since: Apr 13

San Jose, CA.

#13 May 25, 2013
barefoot2626 wrote:
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"The war of the revolution is known to have been in preparation for some years before the first blow was struck. In all the colonies, the topics of controversy were familiar to the youth, and in none more than in Virginia. The most temperate spirits in the land, looked to arms as the inevitable recourse; and by their writings, their speeches, their daily and familiar conversation, spread the preparatory temper around them. It was the retired soldier of Mount Vernon,[Ed. Note: George Washington], who in April 1769, thus wrote to his friend George Mason, who afterwards drafted the first constitution of Virginia: "At a time when our lordly masters in Great Britain will be satisfied with nothing less than a deprivation of American freedom, it seems highly necessary that something should be done to avert the stroke, and maintain the liberty which we have derived from our ancestors. But the manner of doing it, to answer the purpose effectually, is the point in question. That no man should or hesitate a moment to use arms in defence of so valuable a blessing, is clearly my opinion."--Honourable Horace Binney, Sept. 25th, 1835 EULOGY ON JOHN MARSHALL.[HAZARD'S REGISTER OF PENNSYLVANIA. Vol. XVI..--No. 19 Philadelphia, November 7, 1835. No 409. Pg.290]

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#14 May 26, 2013
GunShow1 wrote:
1825
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Since: Feb 11

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#15 May 26, 2013
GunShow1 wrote:
1835
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“Shall NOT be infringed!”

Since: Apr 13

San Jose, CA.

#16 May 26, 2013
barefoot2626 wrote:
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"In the intervals of toil their amusements consist chiefly of hunting and shooting, in the woods, or on the mountains; whence they acquire prodigious muscular activity and strength. We have no game laws, such as exist in Europe, to prohibit the possession and use of firearms to the great body of the people. Our boys carry a gun almost as soon as they can walk; and the habitual practice of shooting at a target, with the rifle, renders the Americans the most unerring marksmen, and the most deadly musketry in the world; as was singularly evidenced at Bunker's Hill, in the commencement of the revolutionary conflict, and at New-Orleans, at the close of the last war."

- John Bristed,[THE RESOURCES OF THE OF AMERICA; OR, A VIEW OF THE AGRICULTURAL, COMMERCIAL, MANUFACTURING, FINANCIAL, POLITICAL, LITERARY, MORAL AND RELIGIOUS CAPACITY AND CHARACTER or THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. BY JOHN BRISTED, COUNSELLOR AT LAW. AUTHOR OF THE RESOURCES OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE New-York: PUBLISHED BY JAMES EASTBURN & CO. AT THE LITERARY ROOMS, BROADWAY, CORNER OF PINE STREET. Abraham Paul, printer. 1818.]

“Shall NOT be infringed!”

Since: Apr 13

San Jose, CA.

#17 May 26, 2013
barefoot2626 wrote:
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"Had I voted against the bill, believing this modern doctrine, should have felt myself bound, as a consistent man, to have gone home and told my constituents that a proposition was made in Congress to relieve them from two millions of their burdens, which I had rejected with scorn, but that I had brought them the glorious remedy of nullification. I knew the temper of that people too well; I knew they were devotedly attached to the Union of these States, as the last hope of liberty upon earth, and that they were not inclined to jeopard it upon a doubtful point of political economy. Whenever sir, I persuade the people whom I represent, to resist the laws of this Government, it will be such resistance as freemen should make, with arms in their hands, and not a pettifogging chicanery through the courts."

- Mr. WILLIAM B. SHEPARD, Jan. 29, 1833, Speech in the U.S. House of Representatives on the Tariff Bill,[REGISTER OF DEBATES IN CONGRESS COMPRISING THE LEADING DEBATES AND INCIDENTS OF THE SECOND SESSION OF THE TWENTY-SECOND CONGRESS: TOGETHER WITH AN APPENDIX, CONTAINING IMPORTANT STATE PAPERS AND PUBLIC DOCUMENTS, AND THE LAWS, OF A PUBLIC NATURE, ENACTED DURING THE SESSION: WITH A COPIOUS INDEX TO THE WHOLE. VOLUME IX. WASHINGTON: PRINTED AND PUBLISHED BY GALES AND SEATON. 1833. Pg. 1440]

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