NRA: Senate gun compromise won't solve the problem
April 10th, 2013
11:49 AM ET
5 years ago

NRA: Senate gun compromise won't solve the problem

(CNN) - The National Rifle Association said Wednesday that expanding background checks at gun shows, as called for in a Senate compromise, "will not prevent the next shooting, will not solve violent crime and will not keep our kids safe in schools."

Read the full statement after the jump

Expanding background checks at gun shows will not prevent the next shooting, will not solve violent crime and will not keep our kids safe in schools. While the overwhelming rejection of President Obama and Mayor Bloomberg's "universal" background check agenda is a positive development, we have a broken mental health system that is not going to be fixed with more background checks at gun shows. The sad truth is that no background check would have prevented the tragedies in Newtown, Aurora or Tucson. We need a serious and meaningful solution that addresses crime in cities like Chicago, addresses mental health deficiencies, while at the same time protecting the rights of those of us who are not a danger to anyone. President Obama should be as committed to dealing with the gang problem that is tormenting honest people in his hometown as he is to blaming law-abiding gun owners for the acts of psychopathic murderers.

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soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- TAKE BACK THE HOUSE

    "will not prevent the next shooting, will not solve violent crime and will not keep our kids safe in schools."
    However, it's better than sitting on our hands and doing nothing. NRA, you have LOST this debate.

    April 10, 2013 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  2. rs

    No, maybe not.

    Declaring the NRA a terrorist organization just might though. The NRA long ago left logic and responsibility far, far behind. They do nothing for the safety of America. When they can frame their argumens and positionst so that we can have our children blown apart in a public school- in exchange for the "freedom" of their few members that is both very sick and extremely dangerous.

    April 10, 2013 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  3. steve

    Seems like one of their more salient responses. I certainly agree with the statement.

    April 10, 2013 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  4. Sniffit

    Sounds to me like the NRA is encouraging the next shooter to help them make their case.

    April 10, 2013 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  5. Gurgyl

    ---our NRA idiocy will work to kill a whole lots of people just like American Taliba and Al Queda. Folks, get rid off all the congress idiots.

    April 10, 2013 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  6. Greg in Arkansas

    Following the NRA logic, maybe the TSA should stop screening passengers and hand out guns to all the passengers on every flight......make sense???
    BTW, how does the NRA plan to reduce gun violence....besides....more guns???

    April 10, 2013 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  7. Yanni

    Who elected the NRA to run US government? We know that they paid for the law makers; that doesn't mean the own the American people?

    April 10, 2013 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  8. Vince

    Maybe not...but it's a start.

    April 10, 2013 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  9. Alan

    I hate to say the NRA is right but they are, the Senate bill won't solve the problem of the NRA lies, filling the campaign pockets and buying democracy away from 'We the People' in order to support they're view of what should and shouldn't be allowed in terms of oversight of munition and arms. Just like the Banks fought Dodd-Frank to a stand-still of ineffectiveness after they're fraud waste and abuse plunged the country into the Great Recession, then before that how CEO's falsified their books which caused Sarbane-Oxley. Its tragic that decade after decade of the 21st Century, the idea of making a buck has turned into lies, decete and white collar criminals that our Justice System is BLIND to prosecute.

    April 10, 2013 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  10. sonny chapman

    Maybe not, but making easier for everyone to get a hold of a KILLING MACHINE is not the answer either.

    April 10, 2013 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  11. Name lynn

    Banding guns, back ground checks is not the problem, its how these people getting guns in their hands. No one cant stop the shooting an killing its will take prayer which people want do and some people dont believe in god nor in prayer.

    April 10, 2013 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  12. Guest

    Well stated but the left doesnt want fact or results, just feel good legistlation that they can "like" on social media and tweet to one another! Hooray!!!

    April 10, 2013 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  13. MrBeenThere

    Really don't care what the NRA terrorist organization has to say or thinks. Just shut up, sit down and hold on, this time were taking you for a ride....
    ~The American Majority~

    April 10, 2013 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  14. much thunder..little rain

    law abiding gun owners dont really care about back ground cks...they dont trust politicians...

    April 10, 2013 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    "Why is this so hard? The disconnect on background checks and guns"

    Why? Because the disconnect is profitable for the MSM. The disconnect wouldn't exist if the MSM wasn't more concerned with its controversy-for-ad-revenue paradigm than it is with the quality of its research, journalism and information dissemination.

    April 10, 2013 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  16. ghostriter

    Addressing crime in Chicago..... Good idea....why didn't anyone think of that before?

    Would posting a guard in schools have helped? It didn't in Columbine. It sure would have had no effect in the movie theater. Or college campuses.

    April 10, 2013 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  17. anotherGDlefty

    Dear NRA, please revert back to your roots. Teaching gun safety to anyone that wanted to take the class and nothing else.
    Signed a multiple gun owning democrat that was in one of your classes in 1979

    April 10, 2013 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  18. Independent Voter

    Good grief! The only good thing about their opinions [freedom of speech 'ya know] is knowing that our tax dollars do not pay their salaries ~ healthcare plans ~ retirement pensions, etc. But the ones they have total control over in Congress ~ well ~ that's a different story & since we are paying THEIR way ~ the least Congress can do is listen to public opinion & stuff the loud mouths @ the NRA in a drawer.

    April 10, 2013 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  19. emskadittle

    NRA doesn't think the compromise solves but isn't allowing the republican b's in congress to solve it.

    April 10, 2013 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  20. Pam from Iowa

    If expanded background checks stop at least 1 mass killing from happening, then they are worth it!!!
    If you have nothing to hide, why would you be so against background checks??
    Because for the NRA, its all about the money!!!

    April 10, 2013 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  21. Bob

    The NRA has the blood of children on it's hands.

    April 10, 2013 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  22. B.

    This madness will not stop because Congress is bought and paid for and -we the people -don’t have the will to stop that with votes.
    This country also is unique in the world with a real sickness about owning weapons, it is a real problem when we kill 30,000 folks a year with guns. It says a great deal about the American mentality !


    April 10, 2013 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  23. v_mag

    Oh, but putting guns in the hands of teachers will? Can anyone honestly say they've ever heard a more insane proposal than that?

    We've tried "no gun control". We've tried "more guns". We've never tried no-exception background checks, no-exception assault rifle bans, or limited magazine capacity. These steps won't fix things totally, but they hold some small hope for reducing gun violence, and they don't put any undue burden on sane gun owners. If you love guns so much that the lives of children don't justify a few restrictions on your heretofore unrestricted murder weapon access, you probably shouldn't be owning any guns.

    April 10, 2013 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  24. Anthony

    If the proposed law won't solve the problem, let's not even try, says the NRA. Following that logic, if we can't cut enough spending to end the deficit right away, we should forget about cutting spending.

    April 10, 2013 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  25. wjm

    NRA should focus on hunting, fishing wildlife and the environment, those are real issues that need attention, not if they can help with the next slaughter of innocents. Besides needing guns to protect you from the bogeyman, the main reason people by guns is to hunt. I wonder what the actual numbers are for people who had to use their guns to protect themselves and their homes. That I think might be a good place to start, as that is the biggest reasons the NRA use to support their arguments. These numbers should be easily garnered from law enforcement agencies across the country. There is nothing wrong with owning a gun to hunt, but to have one to overthrow your own government if you disagree with its policies is another matter altogether.

    Just Saying

    April 10, 2013 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
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