Newest Fox News piece: "Who is really lying in the gun debate?"

I would have titled this differently, something like: What Obama could have done if he really wanted to pass the gun control law.  My newest Fox News piece starts this way:
After failing to get his gun control bill passed by the Senate Wednesday, President Obama lashed out at his usual favorite targets, "the gun lobby" and Republicans.  
He claimed "the gun lobby and its allies willfully lied about the bill." He scolded "senators [who] could not offer any good reason" to oppose the legislation. And sharing the stage with some of the heartbroken families from Newtown, Connecticut, he attacked Republicans as being unwilling to "protect the lives of all our children." 
But who is really lying in the gun debate? Mr. Obama's case in favor of background checks rests on two false claims that he keeps repeating: “as many as 40 percent of all gun purchases take place without a background check” and that "background checks have kept more than 2 million dangerous people from buying a gun.” . . .
In contrast to what I argue in my piece, Democrats are claiming that they tried everything.  Possibly everything politically, but not everything in terms of actual policy.  From Politico:
David Axelrod, sounding shell-shocked by the decisiveness of the Senate defeat on gun reform, said Obama is indeed frustrated by the constraints that bind him and knows that’s what he signed up for. “On this one, he tried everything,” Axelrod said. “It’s easy after a stinging defeat like this to say: ‘There’s no formula.’ But what you can’t do is take your bat and ball and go home.” . . . 

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Blogger Big Al...Alan Sr,...Jr's Dad said...

There are a few problems with the recent legislation that makes it great that it wasnt passed....

1. HIPAA laws currently prohibit making any part of a persons medical record available. The ability of our background check system to catch crazy people is hampered by law.

2. Gun dealers pay for background checks. You really want to make it an easy process, make it free.

3. Buying a gun from a gun dealer at a gun show or in his living room doesnt matter, the law is the law and you have to submit to a background check.

4. Buying a gun over the internet is folly. It is illegal to ship a gun through interstate commerce to anyone other than a licensed dealer, so legal internet sales are subject to, you guessed it, a background check.

These lawmakers could make great strides in curbing senseless violence if they would just stop being politicians for just a minute.

4/20/2013 12:06 PM  

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