April 3rd, 2013
11:21 AM ET
2 years ago

Enforcing gun laws on the books is easier said than done

(CNN) - President Barack Obama heads to Denver, Colorado, Wednesday to make a push for improved background checks for handgun purchases, legislation that the National Rifle Association opposes.

The one priority that everyone in the gun debate seems to agree on is that the laws on the books should be enforced to keep guns out of the hands of those whom, society has ruled, should not have them – felons, or those with adjudicated emotional and mental problems, or those with domestic violence restraining orders.

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  1. Table Steaks

    Any other time this would be ignored, but not now. Never in the history of mankind, has anything worthwhile been easily attained. That's why people work and work hard for solutions to difficult problems. The one thing all of our elected officials have in common, regardless of party, when the going gets a little rough, they all start to whine. This is hard, it's really hard. Well, you asked for the job, no one came to you and displayed any interest in you being in the position you're in, more than you. You need to understand that difficult problems have to be overcome for progress to be made. If the solutions are too hard for you to grasp, get out of your position. You were not elected to set on your duff all week, take many days off with your pay going on as if you had stayed on the job, your pay never seems to go down, only up, and you've got the idea in your head that you are better than the rest of the people you represent. You're not. Get to work and do the right thing. Stop whining.

    April 3, 2013 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  2. Sniffit

    Add in another factor that nobody will want to admit or discuss honestly: plenty of law enforcement in red states don't WANT to enforce gun laws.

    April 3, 2013 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  3. Sniffit

    Add in yet another reason for poor enforcement: death threats from people who don't want gun laws enforced or to even exist.

    Gonna report on the death threats Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) has been receiving, CNN?

    April 3, 2013 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Add in another factor that nobody will want to admit or discuss honestly: they are currently *no federal laws* against straw purchasing of guns and ammo. That area of enforcement is left up to the individual state.

    April 3, 2013 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  5. Guest

    I would recommend that the not so great state of crapifornia should prioritze it's available resources (which is actually 0 for failing to do that) and take care of their residents instead of illegals and movie stars. Problem solved...next!

    April 3, 2013 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  6. AnnoyedByPolitics

    so, due to under staffing and under funding, they don't have the resources to go after 20k people they KNOW are breaking existing gun laws. And their solution, make even more (useless) gun laws that will surely add to that list.

    does anyone else see a flaw here?

    April 3, 2013 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote:

    Hey Rudy... you've become famous for saying Bush doubled the number of federal workers while in office. So I decided to do a little research and found that when Bush took office, there were 4,132,000 federal workers. When he left, there were 4,206,000. My source is the website of The U.S. Office of Personnel Management. What's yours?
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    The same source and then some My numbers are *very* different from yours because Bush "privatized" a lot of stuff to contractors and sub-contractors. It sounds like your numbers do not cover any of those jobs and workers. One example, Dept. of Homeland Security has ballooned into a $200B/year orgranization comprised nearly of 50 sub agencies. It also employes more than 500 contractors pulling contracts with at least $100 million dollars per year.

    April 3, 2013 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  8. anominous

    Rudy NYC
    The same source and then some My numbers are *very* different from yours because Bush "privatized" a lot of stuff to contractors and sub-contractors. It sounds like your numbers do not cover any of those jobs and workers. One example, Dept. of Homeland Security has ballooned into a $200B/year orgranization comprised nearly of 50 sub agencies. It also employes more than 500 contractors pulling contracts with at least $100 million dollars per year.
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    Right.... and Bill Clinton and Obama never used private contractors for government work, right Rudy? Please just admit you've been caught lying again unless you can produce real numbers for these contractors you claim Bush hired to double the size of government.

    April 3, 2013 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    anonimous wrote:

    Right.... and Bill Clinton and Obama never used private contractors for government work, right Rudy? Please just admit you've been caught lying again unless you can produce real numbers for these contractors you claim Bush hired to double the size of government.
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    The government has always used private contractors "for government work" as you put it. Bush took it to a whole new level. Heck, he even had contractors on the battle arenas of warfare. Bush went contractor crazy when it came to security, both here and abroad.

    It's what was responsible for his annual spending increasing by 7-9% each year that he was in office. Remember, they kept the cost of the wars off the books. Those annual increases were spent mainly on contractors by the tens and hundreds of thousands.

    April 3, 2013 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  10. Greg in Arkansas

    I can go to the local flea market this Saturday and buy an handgun...cash...and NOT have to show even a Library Card for identification since it is a "private sale" that the NRA seems to think is covered by the 2nd ammendment......and the gun nutz think we "don't need any MORE gun lawz" that violate their "rights".....and after all, WE NEED TO KEEP GUNZ AWAY FROM CRIMINALS...
    As a gun owner and supporter of the 2nd Am, How the hell are we supposed to keep guns from the bad guys if WE are allowed to sell to the bad guys.....no questions asked.

    April 3, 2013 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  11. Rudy NYC

    Greg in Arkansas asked:

    As a gun owner and supporter of the 2nd Am, How the hell are we supposed to keep guns from the bad guys if WE are allowed to sell to the bad guys.....no questions asked.
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    Because a whole of them have had too many minor criminal convictions to pass: i.e., DUI, domestic violence, etc.

    April 3, 2013 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |