Posted: 06/14/13 18:02
by Dave Mindeman
This is how ridiculous the debate on gun laws has become....
Even al-Qaida gloats about what's possible under U.S. gun laws. In June 2011, a senior al-Qaida operative, Adam Gadahn, released a video message rallying people to take advantage of opportunities those laws provide. "America is absolutely awash with easily obtainable firearms," Gadahn says, explaining that "you can go down to a gun show at the local convention center" and buy a gun without a background check.
That message ends with a "what are you waiting for?"
In New Jersey, Gov. Christie is actually debating whether or not he should sign a legislative bill that blocks a person on the "no fly" list from purchasing a gun. He's just not sure....
In Nevada, a universal background check bill passed the legislature and Governor Brian Sandoval quietly vetoed it.
The bill, which narrowly passed in the state Senate in May and was approved by the Assembly in June, would have also required Nevada courts to send information about legal defendants who are found to be mentally ill to a national clearinghouse for all new gun purchases within five business days after the finding.
Gov. Sandoval decided that this "was an erosion of Nevadans Constitutional right to bear arms".
Al-Qaida laughs at us. It is almost too stupid for words.
If preventing gun sales to people on no-fly lists is too much of a restriction on gun rights, then we have lost all sense of reason.
We MUST start to seriously evaluate gun sales in this country. I have no problem with legal sales. No problem with owning and keeping a gun. And I agree that we do not need a national gun registry.
But if we cannot even look at any legislation with the word gun in it, unable to evaluate it on its merits, then we have a full impasse to gun safety in this country....and the numbers of people who pay an ultimate price for that will only grow.
Al-Qaida just laughs.