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Angry Gun Control Debate Does Collateral Damage

Specious Rule Wrote: Jan 30, 2013 1:46 PM
A friend in the police force told me that federal law says it is a punishable act to try and purchase a firearm if you are not legally allowed to own one. However the Feds do not enforce that law. So they don't enforce the laws on the book now, why make new ones?
Luscious Lars Wrote: Jan 30, 2013 1:53 PM
It is a FELONY, punishable by 1 year in prison for a convicted felon to even ATTEMPT to purchase or possess a firearm. So, if a felon goes into a gun shop and fills out a 4473 form, he is already committing another felony. What felon on earth would tell the truth on a 4473 form? To do so automatically rejects you. You don't even get a background check. Therefor, reality would tell us that felons who would go to a gun store and fill out a 4473 background check form, would be lying on that form, which is also a felony punishable by a year in prison. So now you've got them committing two more felonies. But yet we seldom prosecute these people. Either felons aren't trying to buy guns at gun shops, or the DOJ is woefully incompetent.

The Great Gun Debate shows American political discourse at its irrational worst; with both left and right promoting panic and hysteria that distracts attention from the nation’s truly menacing problems. Instead of addressing crushing deficits, economic stagnation, political gridlock, and the erosion of middle-class security, politicians and pundits obsess over gun violence—one of the few challenges where the United States has made dramatic progress in recent years.

How can the president and his supporters work themselves into a self-righteous lather over minor regulatory adjustments that have been tried before with no measurable impact on the rate of firearms...