Gun control bill faces Senate test today

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will try today to overcome a threatened filibuster and call a vote on a controversial gun control bill.

But now two senators are announcing a possible compromise on a more promising bill to expand background checks for gun buyers.

Democrat Joe Manchin and Republican Pat Toomey are both members of the National Rifle Association; both support a bill to require the checks for gun show buyers, as well as online buyers.

Illinois Senator Mark Kirk helped the senators reach that compromise.

Private gun transactions between individuals would be exempt from background checks.

Supporters of gun control say it would reduce the risk of mass casualties in places like Newtown, Connecticut, Aurora, Colorado and Tucson, Arizona.

But the NRA says, “The truth is that no background check would have prevented the gun tragedies in Newtown, Aurora or Tucson.”

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  • MrCrabs

    Until we have thought controls in place, disturbed and criminally bent individuals will commit crimes against innocent people. We should be looking at making it easier for interventions with the mentally unstable. Our current system makes it nearly impossible to intervene. We should be requiring healthcare workers, social workers, educators, family members, and anyone who suspects that someone could do harm to themselves or others to report it. We do this with child abuse. We need to do this with the mentally unstable. Punishing 99.9% of honest, law-abiding citizens will not stop evil.

  • Bon

    Why not do BOTH MrCrabs? Submitting to a background check is NOT punishment any more than registering your car is punishment..It will keep guns out of the hands of nutjobs and people with violent criminal histories? Have you ever been asked to submit to a background check for a job? It's a piece of cake..they run you through a computer…and if you have no criminal record, you're cleared to apply…What's the big deal? The only way anyone can KNOW if you're law abiding is to check! Your argument seems completely illogical.