NRA: Senate gun compromise won't solve the problem
April 10th, 2013
11:49 AM ET
2 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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  1. Anthony in California

    "NRA: Senate gun compromise won't solve the problem"

    I starting to think either NRA IS the PROBLEM, or they dont know what the problem is....

    April 10, 2013 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  2. Larry L

    How about a law that only allows those who have honorably served in our military forces to own weapons designed in a military-style? They have been trained, have passed a background check, and have demonstrated their loyalty to our government. We could simply issue them a weapon (free) when they complete their tour of duty and they could remain a part of a "well-regulated militia". They could draw an ammo -ation periodically and use military ranges to practice their skills. Would a few bad-apples be in the bunch? Sure. But with fewer than 1% of Americans now able to call themselves veterans (after 11 years of war!) it would certainly put a limit on the number of these guns in circulation. It might also encourage some of the "soldier-wannabees" with the tactical fetish to actually serve their country – rather than just talking about the 2nd Amendment..

    April 10, 2013 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  3. rdmcabee

    This is correct. Only disarming will prevent the next Newton.
    Keep rifles for hunting such as a shot gun on a bolt action deer rifle.
    Ban the rest and buy them back. Anyone who must have their glock or bushmaster would have to keep it at a firing range at all times.
    Everything else is just half measures.

    April 10, 2013 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  4. Wake up People!

    I'm just wondering when exactly did the NRA start dictating our laws??

    April 10, 2013 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  5. Jules

    Well the NRA sure hasn't solved the problems but have only made them wowrse. Sensible gun controls is what should be happening in a civilized society. Nobody is talking about taking away your hunting rifles and small arms.

    April 10, 2013 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    "Senate gun compromise won't solve the problem"

    And NRA demagoguery won't stop our progress.

    Cry about it. Your tears sustain me.

    April 10, 2013 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  7. truth hurts but reality bites

    Of course they won't work and address the problems because they were never meant to. Democrats just rolled out their canned and well known control gun failures to try and jam it through using the deaths of those poor kids as cover. They are truly despicable for using those kids deaths in this manner. At least propose something that is related to the incident, like registration of mentally ill people.

    April 10, 2013 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  8. Fair is Fair

    Larry L

    How about a law that only allows those who have honorably served in our military forces to own weapons designed in a military-style? They have been trained, have passed a background check, and have demonstrated their loyalty to our government.
    -----
    Ummmmm... if Major Nadal Hassan can get one, anyone should be able to.

    April 10, 2013 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  9. GaryS

    rdmcabee, when you disarm the criminals count me in, but until then I'll keep my guns.
    The problem is that no one wants to fix the existing system. Its not guns its access to the guns.
    When you have a background check system that's full of holes like less than 44% reporting prohibited persons you will not stop another Newtown. Isn't that what all this ho ha was about in the first place? You can make all the background checks you want .But until you fix the reporting you won't change a thing other than place another burden on the law abiding gun owner.

    April 10, 2013 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
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