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Trump backs gun-control bill

2 senators aim to widen buyer checks

By Compiled by Democrat-Gazette staff from wire reports

This article was published February 20, 2018 at 4:30 a.m.

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Demonstrators who support stronger gun-control laws participate in a “lie-in” in front of the White House on Monday in Washington.

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President Donald Trump signaled support for one piece of gun-control legislation on Monday, five days after a mass shooting at a Florida high school left 17 people dead and more than a dozen others injured.

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Dero says... February 20, 2018 at 4:57 a.m.

Figure it out people, more laws will not fix the problem. What gun attacked anyone without a person attached to the gun? Shouldn't we outlaw people also? More spending on mental health sounds more appropriate. Also, I heard one smart politician state that had the laws, already in place, been enforced the kid would not have been able to purchase the guns. More laws is not the answer.

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tngilmer says... February 20, 2018 at 4:59 a.m.

The Democrats, liberals, and leftists do not want to fix the school shooting problem. They want an issue to run on. This is an easy fix. Go into every school and fire at least one needless assistant principal and hire an armed School Resource Officer (aka Cop) in their place and post notices outside the school that if you try to bring a weapon onto school grounds, you are subject to being shot by the SRO. We do this here in TN and we do not have mass school shootings.

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RBear says... February 20, 2018 at 6:12 a.m.

And Dero comes up with the old, lame argument ... guns don't kill people, people kill people. Dero, news to you. People with GUNS kill people. Spending on mental health is good, but will not solve the problem. Identification of people who need the treatment can be challenging, especially when looking for the indicator of a mental condition that would trigger a mass shooting.
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With regard to FL's laws, FL did not have laws that would have allowed the FBI or local police to confiscate the gun thanks to the laws put in place by gun nuts. I know a lot of people want to bash the FBI because your idiot in chief did, but the FBI couldn't have prevented the shooting due to current laws in FL.
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We need to reinstate the AWB of 1994 when deaths from mass shootings went significantly down aside from the one, Columbine. Columbine was a unique situation where someone else purchased the weapons in an illegal sale for the two shooters. I know many will point to the overall gun homicide rate, but the AWB did not ban all weapons, just assault weapons with high capacity. It will not eliminate the mass shootings because gun nuts have purchased large quantities since the ban was lift, so there is a supply available. However, it can significantly reduce them.
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But I have another proposal if gun nuts will not give up their fetish toys. A few have proposed that school security be increased, including metal detectors. To do so would incur a significant expense at schools just to allow gun nuts to continue to enjoy their fetish. It's a fetish because there is no rational need for these guns that a lesser substitute cannot provide.
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To provide security against the weapon of choice for mass shooters, we should impose an assault weapons tax with funds used to pay for additional school security. The tax should fully cover the security, so it would need to be steep as well as sustained annually since security costs are sustained. The tax would transfer from one owner to the next. For the tax to be lifted from the owner, the gun must either be sold back to a dealer or turned in to law enforcement for destruction. If the gun is lost or destroyed in the owner's possession, a penalty equal to three times the cost of the gun should be paid to compensate for the lost years of tax.
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This will allow gun nuts to maintain their fetish while paying for the security they require at schools. I mean, they are the ones who proposed it without providing a funding source. While I'm not okay with continued ownership, this is a reasonable compromise. Remember, the tax MUST cover all the costs of school security including equipment and personnel.

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BoudinMan says... February 20, 2018 at 6:44 a.m.

What a disingenuous headline to this article. These are the same repubs who rescinded the Obama order to prohibit sales to the mentally ill because, well, Obama. Okay, and the NRA. This is the same president who cut funding for background checks in his proposed budget by 16%. Whatever the repubs will propose will then be scrubbed clean by their masters at the NRA, and will probably end up being inconsequential. RB, you know damn good and well that if these repub cretins are not bowing down to LaPierre, then they're bowing down to Grover Norquist. So, they'll tell you to shove your "tax and spend" plan.

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PopMom says... February 20, 2018 at 7:18 a.m.

We need to ban all weapons which can kill many in a few minutes. More background checks and restrictions will help, but we need to keep these weapons out of the hands of the general public.

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RBear says... February 20, 2018 at 7:31 a.m.

A recent WaPo/ABC News poll showed that 76% do not believe Congress is doing enough to stop mass shootings, 59% believe strongly. In the case of Trump 61% believe he is not doing enough, 50% believe strongly. Most likely, Congress will once again nip around the edges while trying to avoid losing any ground with regards to gun legislation. In other words, nothing will change.
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Today on NPR, GOP consultant Alex Courant all but danced around the subject, not really providing any solutions and more just wanting to maintain status quo. The GOP will be deemed tone deaf on this issue unless something substantial occurs. While we all pray there will be no more mass shootings, if one occurs before November you can expect the GOP to take substantial losses as punishment for not doing anything all year. That's more a message to the do-nothing crowd. We're tired of the mass shootings, both in school and in public.

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BoudinMan says... February 20, 2018 at 7:35 a.m.

Off topic: in the "I'm not surprised at all" category, Mitt Romney gleefully accepted trump's endorsement for his Senate run. Romney, who had been one of trump's most vociferous attackers, did a usual flip-flop Monday evening in thanking trump for his support. The Russian judge gave him a "10" for his stunt.

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BoudinMan says... February 20, 2018 at 7:45 a.m.

And then there's this. Remember when trump bashed Obama saying that it wasn't proper to visit a golf course following a tragedy? Well, IQ45 golfed while victims were being laid to rest yesterday. As in the case above, no surprise here.

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sjmays says... February 20, 2018 at 7:49 a.m.

Hopefully someone is finally acting sensibly -- GET RID OF ALL THE GUNS!!!

I don't want to live in the old west.

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23cal says... February 20, 2018 at 8:49 a.m.

Dero says, "What gun attacked anyone without a person attached to the gun? Shouldn't we outlaw people also? "
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Gun control is the proven way to virtually eliminate mass shootings of children. Own your priorities.
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Japan has squat for mass shootings, but it has [insert your favorite excuse for why guns aren't the problem. For Dero, that's PEOPLE.]. You know what it does not have? Easy accessibility to semi-automatic weapons with high capacity magazines .
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Australia has squat for mass shootings, but it has [insert your favorite excuse for why guns aren't the problem. For Dero, that's PEOPLE.]. You know what it does not have? Easy accessibility to semi-automatic weapons with high capacity magazines .
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The United Kingdom has squat for mass shootings, but it has [insert your favorite excuse for why guns aren't the problem. For Dero, that's PEOPLE.]. You know what it does not have? Easy accessibility to semi-automatic weapons with high capacity magazines .

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Helloooooo? Starting to see a pattern here? No? So desperately deeply into denial that this isn't clear as gin?

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