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Published: Wednesday, April 17 2013 7:05 p.m. MDT

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Lane Myer
Salt Lake City, UT

Side Note: Yesterday, the Senate voted on a measure to increase mental health funding and to help identify those individuals who have problems and should not have a gun. The vote was 98-2.

Rand Paul and our MIKE LEE voted against this!

Is he crazy?

Bountiful, UT


In case you haven't figured it out yet, Rand Paul and Mike Lee are politically "connected at the hip." I have not done an exhaustive research, but I would be very surprised if they have not always voted the same way on almost all legislation.

And they do significantly talk with each other.

South Jordan, UT

Every Chief of Police will tell you that background checks save lives. Hatch and Lee have blood on their hands.

South Jordan, UT

@ Schwa, You probably shouldn't speak for every single chief of police ever. Hatch and Lee do not have blood on their hands please calm down. You see the current system has background checks. The liberals love to forget that part. It just doesn't have enough of them for the liberals primarily because it is not cost efficient. While every life is important, at some point we have to say as a society the risk of this happening is basically zero so we're not going to spend money on that, which means we can spend it to save more lives in another area. Exactly where that point is is tricky to determine and anything but absolute but it can be reasonably asserted. Also keep in mind basically zero and zero are different. We all deserve better rhetoric from our leaders and media. The issue as it has been marketed to you is, background checks v. no backgrounds checks. This is a horrible lie. The issue is existing background checks v. whatever current proposal to increase backgrounds checks chooses to step in the ring.

Sandy, UT

Very sad that we have been spending our time, effort, and other resources trying to figure out ways of limiting the constitutional rights of self-protection instead of addressing the real issues of a bankrupt nation. People who really believe that more laws and more government are the answer to all the ills of society and our culture have to be among the most naive people on the planet. I've had decades of experience working with all levels of government, and I can assure you that politicians get it wrong at least 10 times more than they get it right. Thanks to the two Utah senators who got it right on this issue.

Sandy, UT

We don't need Congress to be messing around with every single facet of humanity. There are many other mechanisms to address society's ills, and Washington has resoundingly proven that its "solutions" primarily make marginal situations bad, and bad situations worse. We really do need less government, less legislation, less taxation, and less public spending. That way, maybe we have a chance of actually surviving as a nation. THOSE are the issues that the politicians SHOULD be working on with all the power and discretion we've allotted to them.

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