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Thu Apr 11, 2013, 03:16 AM

Why the NRA fights background checks

By John J. Donohue, Special to CNN
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Federal law prohibits selling guns to felons or the mentally ill. Background checks are the only way to enforce that law. So, besides criminals and the insane, who could possibly oppose universal background checks? Gun manufacturers.

They are the ones who call the shots at the NRA, and they are the most important people in the opposition. The manufacturers don't want anything that interferes with total gun sales and profits.

Background checks would impose a minor burden on gun transactions, but more importantly, limit the size of the market (and therefore, profits) in two ways. The direct loss of profit comes because closing the current gaping loophole in the background check system will shut off sales to criminals and the mentally ill who are effectively free to buy all the guns they want at gun shows and through private transactions.

But there is also an indirect loss of profit: Cutting off sales to the mentally ill and criminals will reduce crime and thereby reduce the public's demand for guns for self-protection.

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http://www.cnn.com/2013/04/10/opinion/donohue-background-checks/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

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Response to SunSeeker (Original post)

Thu Apr 11, 2013, 05:11 AM

1. That, and fact NRA and gun obsessed know their are a lot of nut jobs with guns who might be denied

some day. Gun toters know that they might be the next Zimmerman who murders an unarmed teenager.

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Response to SunSeeker (Original post)

Thu Apr 11, 2013, 06:32 AM

2. no

NRA types beleive that the evil gov. of, by and for the people will use the checks to keep a list for future confiscation. Thats why many of them buy weapons at gun shows even if they could pass a background check

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Response to veganlush (Reply #2)

Thu Apr 11, 2013, 06:51 AM

3. Yes, most gun nuts do have that delusion

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Response to SunSeeker (Original post)

Thu Apr 11, 2013, 07:07 AM

4. My money on why...

Many fear that domestic complaints will show up on their record.

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Response to SunSeeker (Original post)

Thu Apr 11, 2013, 07:47 AM

5. That and every time

the NRA is seen opposing gun legislation it causes a gun rush. "See? The government is coming to take your guns. Better grab more while you still can."

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