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Background Checks for Firearms are Not "Feel-Good" Measures

The NRA disparages common sense solutions to reduce gun violence as “feel-good” measures, claiming that they won’t work and suggesting instead that we arm our children’s teachers.

The NRA disparages common sense solutions to reduce gun violence as “feel-good” measures, claiming that they won’t work and offering instead, the option of arming our children’s teachers and school administrators with guns.  As a mother of young children, the thought of arming my children’s teachers is outrageous and unacceptable.

If we are all in agreement that we want to keep firearms out of the hands of criminals and the seriously mentally ill, then how is that to be accomplished if countless gun sales can be made without a background check?   How can we use the term "responsible gun ownership" and in the same breath enable criminals to purchase a gun?  Despite tragic mass shootings and over 31,000 annual firearm deaths, the NRA and similar organizations have fought to maintain a loophole that allows the sale of guns, including semi-automatic weapons like the AR-15, to anyone without a background check.

Universal background checks, in combination with strengthened gun trafficking laws, will help prevent guns from falling into the wrong hands.  Between 1994 and 2009, background checks stopped nearly 2 million gun purchases.  Perhaps the NRA and firearm industry fight against this “feel-good” measure because an increase in background checks would equate to a decrease in sales. 

Senators Kirk and Durbin, deserve thanks for fighting for gun violence prevention through stronger, safer gun legislation.  Their stance in favor of universal background checks and other common sense solutions is both courageous and brave, and I am proud they represent Illinois.  Clearly Senators Kirk and Durbin have the strength of character to stand up to the NRA and firearm industry, and we can only hope that their colleagues will follow suit.

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Janille Palmer Santa Ana February 22, 2013 at 04:28 PM
Thank you for saying what needs to be said regarding the problem of gun violence and the gun lobby (NRA). I too am supporting Senators Durbin and Kirk in their efforts to legislate sane and sensible solutions.
Kathy M. February 22, 2013 at 04:40 PM
Hi Janille, Thanks for the comments on my posts, it is very much appreciated! I know it is last minute, but there is a rally today on gun violence downtown. There will be some really great speakers and we will be just outside of the Senators' offices, so we can support them. If you, or anyone else, would like to come it is from 3-5 PM at Federal Plaza and it is organized by Organizing for Action in partnership with One Million Moms and many other gun violence prevention groups.. The topic of gun violence has really struck a nerve in me and I'm truly terrified to think of what sort of horrific event it would take to change things if Newtown isn't enough. A change of gun laws will only occur if our legislators hear from us. We can't be the silent majority if we want change because the NRA and associated groups are too organized and vocal. Thanks again for your support! By the way, your daughter is a good friend and lives across the street from me! Kathy
Janille Palmer Santa Ana February 22, 2013 at 10:06 PM
Hi Kathy, I do know you and I do support your position on this issue!

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