Gun background checks drop by 10 percent in Jan.

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  • Mash76 Provo, UT
    Feb. 6, 2013 10:35 a.m.

    Please tell me again how many criminals buy their weapons legally and how the background check will apply.

  • Open Minded Mormon Everett, 00
    Feb. 5, 2013 2:50 p.m.

    Day after day --
    We hear the pro-gun-nuts say:

    "The problem isn't the guns. The Problem is bad guys with guns."


    Isn't that what a background check doing to SOLVE "the problem"?

    Your own analysis, view and opinion of "the problem"
    and you still can't see it?

    Perhaps "the problem" really is the blindness and denialism with all the pro-gun people?

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Feb. 5, 2013 12:20 p.m.

    TeaPublican, I sincerely hope your post is satirical. But somehow, it sounds like some of the regular "logic" we see here all the time.

    And DNSub, yes, let's just enforce the laws. If those "straw purchasers" were slapped with heavy jail time and if anyone using a fake ID was also knocked upside the head very firmly, that sort of nonsense might just slow down.

    In any event, every one of your ideas can be countered with just a little bit of sensible action.

    It's time to do it!

  • Open Minded Mormon Everett, 00
    Feb. 5, 2013 12:13 p.m.

    Fear + Hysteria = gun sales.

    Isn't this just what the NRA lobby wants most?

    BTW - If you are a law abiding citizen, with a clean back ground, and nothing to hide - you can buy your guns later, when they are cheaper.

    Supply Demand economics.


    Houston, TX

    You shill is so over the top, it's quite frankly unbelieveable.

    YOu could only possibly be a liberal troll.

    Please don't make the rest of us Liberals look bad.

    if you really are a TeaPublican...

    Keep up the good work!

    2014 can't come quick enough.

  • TeaPublican Houston, TX
    Feb. 5, 2013 11:29 a.m.

    Nobody is going to go against our NRA because if they do we WILL make sure they lose in the primary come the next election! Why can't some of you just understand that we need ALL kinds of guns to protect ALL of us! Just last week at senate hearings LaPierre from our NRA said "What people all over the country fear today is being abandoned by their government. If a tornado hits, it a hurricane hits, if a riot occurs, that they're going to be out there alone, and the only way they're going to protect themselves, in the cold, in the dark, when they're vulnerable, is with a firearm." Mr. LaPierre is RIGHT because I have watched all the "Mad Max" and "zombie" movies and I saw how after disaster strikes people can't save themselves and others without guns! When disaster strikes people fall into a savagery because our government does abandoned them! The only way to stop a bad person with a gun is a good person with a gun! We TeaPublicans WILL take back America in 2014 and 2016. And we will take back any gun control laws too!

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 5, 2013 11:19 a.m.

    Every gun in the Colorado shooting and the Sandy Hook shooting was purchased...


    As such, it is my opinion, we need to change those laws.

  • Irony Guy Bountiful, Utah
    Feb. 5, 2013 11:12 a.m.

    IRONY OF THE WEEK: NRA wants to keep guns out of the hands of restricted persons, but NRA is against background checks to determine if a gun buyer IS a restricted person. Stunning logic.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 5, 2013 10:33 a.m.

    The shooter in colorado purchased 6,000 rounds of ammunition before he went on to kill Americans in a movie theatre.

    I'm sure 'less' legislation would have prevented him killing Americans.


    Sarcasm, off.

  • DN Subscriber 2 SLC, UT
    Feb. 5, 2013 9:45 a.m.

    Background checks are a placebo that allows liberals to feel good about "doing something" when actually they do very little.

    a. Anyone with fake ID and willingness to lie can pass the background check- and bad guys can easily get all sorts of fake ID.

    b. Criminals get friends with clean records to buy for them as "straw purchasers."

    c. Most criminals get guns from their criminal friends, or on the streets, or steal them (often from cop cars!). No rational person can believe "Universal background checks" will be done for any of these.

    d. Less than 1% of criminals get guns from gun shows.

    e. In 2010 72,000 people were turned down by the existing background checks. ONLY 44 were prosecuted for this felony crime. The people turned down most likely just went to the usual black market sources, so checks do not disarm criminals, only inconvenience them.

    f. Prosecute 71,954 more criminals before you demand more checks!

    The fact is that "universal background checks" are code for registering all guns and gun owners, and that is ONLY useful for eventual confiscation, not solving or preventing crime.

    Feinstein and Cuomo already have spoken of confiscation!

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Feb. 5, 2013 9:15 a.m.

    Background checks don't really do much good when any felon may attend a gun show and purchase anything his evil little heart desires from a private seller.

    What's needed is a law requiring UNIVERSAL checks with teeth in it. If a gun is sold without a check, both the buyer and the SELLER go to prison.

    We also need to include violent misdemeanors in the list of crimes that will prohibit gun ownership.

  • freedomingood provo, Utah
    Feb. 5, 2013 8:53 a.m.

    The number of background checks does not represent the number of firearms purchased, but gun manufacturers use these statistics to measure the health of the gun industry in the U.S.

    The rest of us use it to measure the right wing hysteria in the country.