April 10th, 2013
10:04 AM ET
1 year ago

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

Washington (CNN) - When gunmen riddled bullets through Newtown, Chicago, Aurora and an alphabet soup of cities and towns across the country, the nation sent up collective wails of grief at the death of the innocents.

America swore this time was different.

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Filed under: Gun control • Gun rights
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  1. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Because politicians are bought by The NRA!

    April 10, 2013 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  2. Lynda/Minnesota

    Why is getting anything done in Congress so difficult now, CNN? Look to your own staff before pointing fingers at others. You folks have been courting the TeaParty fanatics for quite a while now.

    Bottom line: America is now reaping what it's collective media sowed.

    April 10, 2013 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  3. much thunder..little rain

    the reason ..america does not trust either party or the gutless ,evolving ,say anything before a election and then change sides politicians..

    April 10, 2013 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  4. ST

    No any soldier could had been sent to Afghanistan or Iraq if 9/11, 2002 didn't happen. Action was taken after that shake up. How come that the killing of the little angels of Newtown could pass without any action being taken. Were people not shaken by that horrible behaviour? Is anyone who has a child, whether young or grown up can't put themselves in the shoes of those in Newtown who were robbed their young ones??? What kind of the world we are living in now? Has it turned up-side-down?

    April 10, 2013 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  5. sonny chapman

    One word: FEAR. The NRA & their Repub. minions feed the flames of fear of confiscation, registry for later confiscation the evil seen on TV but not in their real lives, insecurities, a Muslim Prez. , Gay Marriage. FEAR blocks off all abilities of the human brain to decipher information in a rational manner. FEAR is the Greatest Sales Technique in the business.

    April 10, 2013 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  6. Larry in Houston

    it's all about the registration – people don't want their guns registered, period. If it passes, then the gun shops won't do as much business, like it would be, If there was No registration. Mine are all un-registered, since all of my guns & rifles were bought in the 1970's, or before. Truth be told, the gun shop owners will end up buying more from the people who gets firearms that isn't registered, and if the law passes, those firearms will be the ones that will end up being worth more than a new firearm.

    April 10, 2013 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  7. The Elephant in the Room

    The latest rallying cry against gun & ammo control legislations by the largely southern, rural Republican party is that the "criminals are preying on those they know are unarmed" and that jurisdictions paaing gun laws are at risk. Bloomberg, you`d better get all over this mis-information campaign while still going on offense.

    We register cars, we track & TAX used car sales, we require liscenses to operate cars and a CAR/ personal transportation is far more central to life in the 21st Century than a gun EVER will be. On 9 idiots on the Supremem Court wouldn`t be able to see that!

    April 10, 2013 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  8. Rick McDaniel

    Why is it DIFFERENT? Just because the lunatic entered a school to murder????

    It is NOT different! It is simply the FACT that the Dem socialists want to turn maniacs loose on the public, because they don't want to deal with mental illness, in any kind of responsible and effective manner. They just want to make the families deal with the problem, without any assistance whatsoever, from government.

    They also don't want to limit the violence and sick behaviors, depicted on TV and in movies..........which is exactly where Lanza got his idea to kill others, in the FIRST PLACE!

    The Dem socialists are frauds and fakes, when it comes to dealing with the REAL problem. They would rather trample of the Constitutional rights of the people, than deal with the REAL problem!

    That's why NO ONE should be voting for the Dem socialists. They only PRETEND to care about the real issues, when their real goal is simply to hand out welfare to get VOTES, to gain POWER! They have zero solutions, because they refuse to deal with the real problems.

    April 10, 2013 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
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    April 10, 2013 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  10. Pete

    There's no disconnect its just the NRA and gun lobbyists pulling the strings of the reps they've purchased through filling their pockets,plain and simple that's all!!

    April 10, 2013 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  11. Guest

    Because this is not the solution that's why! When will we bring those who legally defended themselves from assault, rape, murder, robbery, burglary to the white house to hear tthe other side of the story from peolpe who would have been victims if not for their firearm and the 2nd ammendment? Cue crickets from the left...........I dont hear anything.

    April 10, 2013 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  12. rs

    The disconnect is because the pro-gun folks simply will not recognize the problems with the policies they advocate, and they keep throwing up these silly children's arguments about backgroound checks leading to confiscations, or the ever popular good-guy-with-a-gun stuff. It would be laughable but we're talking about firearms for pity sake- stuff designed to kill.

    This IS really simple. Rather than add guns to an already volitile situation (of course that is proposed to keep gun makers afloat after two wars end), we need to ensure only appropriate citizens can actually get guns. Background checks are but the first step to that end. Knock out the criminals (about 10,000 of which faced criminal prosecution at the state level for lying on their forms); close the gun show loop holes wherein anyone can buy a gun; monitor and check private party sales. Failing to do so ensures a constant flow of weapons to criminals, terrorists and the insane. These changes in NO WAY infringe on those who qualify to by firearms.

    Congress then needs to look at the issues around the mentally ill, and their rights, and how other laws may need ammended to add those records to the gun background check process. There are probably other things to look at as well, but NONE of this can happen until the Congress votes on the first step.

    Lastly what we don't want is a nation with 50 sets of gun laws from the bizarre (like arizona where guns are PROTECTED from people), and the 5 states where appropriate steps either have already been taken, or are about completed.

    The crazy part is this one bill is a slam dunk bill. 90% of Americans support it. By threatening to block even a vote, the GOP looks like it is in Wayne La Pierre's pocket- a very dark and scary place indeed.

    April 10, 2013 11:17 am at 11:17 am |