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Witnesses tangle over background checks at gun control hearing

Influential figures on both sides of the gun control debate tangled Wednesday over the effectiveness of background checks, with the husband of wounded former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords urging an overhaul and a top National Rifle Association official saying “homicidal maniacs” will skirt the system no matter what.

NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre was the final witness to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee as the panel begins to consider new legislation. He argued that more security and more enforcement, but not new laws, is the answer to gun violence.

He specifically knocked down a call by President Obama and others for “universal” background checks, particularly at gun shows.

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  • 2War Abn Vet

    No single gun control law, and we have over 20,000 of them, has ever stopped a criminal intent on causing havoc. Passing additional laws will only serve to disarm honest people. Nothing government does will have any effect whatever on criminals.
    Law-abiding people use guns to defend themselves approximately two and a half million times each year.
    Denied a means of self-defense they would provide easy prey to criminals, and add massive numbers of victims to the crime rate.
    Individual defense, incidentally, is not the reason the Founders championed gun ownership. The ability of citizens to prevent being victimized by tyrannical government was uppermost in their minds.

  • cool breeze

    ya know that napkin holder could be an assault weapon. these politicians are like quack. if they can’t figure whats wrong; just give a new,fancy, smart sounding name. does restless leg syndrome ring a bell

  • Mr. Dick Durbin Senator from the anti-gun State of Insanity called Illinois just doesn’t understand. Criminals will never subject themselves to Universal Background Checks, they will just have a Straw Buyer make legal purchases for them then pay the Straw Buyer extra money for making these legal purchases, or they will just purchase their guns on the Black Market of guns that are brought into the United States illegally.
    Criminals are not dumb people, if there is a way around the laws, they will find it and exploit the way as much as they can. Senator Dick Durbin must be pretty naive not to know or understand this simple fact, or he just wants to impose stricter Rules, Regulations and Checks on law abiding people who are not inclined to be violent and use guns in a harmful manner to begin with.

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