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NRA chief says group accepts background checks

By The Associated Press

This article was published January 17, 2013 at 6:35 a.m.

— The head of the National Rifle Association says the organization has no problem with tighter background checks of gun purchasers.

But association president David Keene also says too much emphasis has been placed on banning certain firearms.

In an interview on CBS This Morning on Thursday, Keene argues, quote, “The real question that needs to be addressed is not what we do about guns, but what we do to make our schools safer.”

The NRA has come under close scrutiny in the wake of Newtown, Conn., shootings that killed 20 children and six adults.

Keene said officials should focus more attention on a “devastatingly broken mental health system in this country,” if they genuinely want to end gun violence.

He said the NRA has been “generally supportive” of stronger background checks.

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NONSHEEPLE says... January 17, 2013 at 11:05 a.m.

WHY is the famous Columbine photo being used instead of photos from Sandybrook? Oh yeah that's because there are NONE to be used... That high tech school had no cameras? I do agree about the need for better backgrounds and metal health reporting.

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FreeSpiritMan says... January 17, 2013 at 11:27 a.m.

Ford, Carter, Reagan Push for Gun Ban
May 05, 1994|WILLIAM J. EATON | TIMES STAFF WRITER
Three former presidents endorsed legislation Wednesday to ban the future manufacture, sale and possession of combat-style assault weapons as a closely divided House neared a showdown today on the hotly controversial issue.
Gerald R. Ford, Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan sent a letter to all House members expressing their support for the measure, effectively joining President Clinton in urging approval of the ban
Where was all the outrage because these three sent a letter to congress supporting the ban? Do you not understand what this says "RONALD REAGAN"! The "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall" guy. What has changed in the republican party, I'll tell you, a black man was elected president, the tea party's rise in the party and the growth of the gun nuts that think they need their Bushmaster to fight US troops when they come to take their guns. By the way the Florida "Tea Party" is changing it's name because of the negative views the current name bestows on them, but a leopard does not change its spots, they still espouse the same policies. Show up a political rallies with a Bushmaster slung over their sholder and Glock on their hip wearing a "Don't Tread on Me" tee shirt. And they wonder why young children write letters to the President in support of gun control. Folks, these young children will be the voters of tomorrow, GOP, you are on the wrong side of this argument as you were on most issues in the last election.

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... January 17, 2013 at 12:19 p.m.

In other news this universal back ground check(s) for private firearms sales is another way for a Nation registration to be set into place. ... The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence history. … The Brady Campaign emerged from Handgun Control, Inc. (HCI), originally the National Council to Control Handguns (NCCH), and the Center to Prevent Handgun Violence (CPHV). On June 14, 2001, Handgun Control, Inc. was renamed the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. SEE “a leopard does not change its spots” here either. … In January 2010, the Better Business Bureau published its Charity Review on the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, stating that it failed to meet five (of twenty) standards for charity accountability.
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The President has not provided any common sense solutions to the epidemic of gun violence in America. Just look at the South side of Chicago. It is a criminal problem. … Just a reminder, the Second Amendment never has been about hunting.
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I've read the letter that former presidents Gerald R. Ford, Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan sent to all House members, it is still a criminal problem, not guns.

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FreeSpiritMan says... January 17, 2013 at 1:15 p.m.

1934cartoon......Congratulations you have just been awarded the "Black Helicopter" award from the Tea Party.

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HalALouyah says... January 17, 2013 at 1:23 p.m.

Congrats BS; you have earned the Mr. Redundancy of the Year Award. You can put it right next to your Liberal Leghumper of the Year award from last year.

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Whippersnapper says... January 17, 2013 at 2:31 p.m.

So, BillSmith dug up the fact that Jimmy Carter (who feared killer rabbits as much as he feared "assault rifles"), Gerald Ford (who was never elected President OR Vice President), and Ronald Reagan (who by 1994 was coincidentally already diagnosed as having Alzheimer's) supported the ban of "combat-style assault weapons." Wow. Let's examine this further.
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Ask yourself two questions:
1) What part of "combat-style assault weapons" includes the civilian versions that don't work the same way as the military models? (i.e. one trigger pull = one bullet for the civilian style versus one trigger pull = as many bullets as the gun holds for the military combat-style weapons)
2) What was Ronald Reagan's stated opinion on gun rights when he was of sound mind in the early eighties and he had been shot by a "rampaging gunman"?

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