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Fri Apr 26, 2013, 03:23 PM

Senators Quietly Seeking New Path on Gun Control

Source: NYT

Talks to revive gun control legislation are quietly under way on Capitol Hill as a bipartisan group of senators seeks a way to bridge the differences that led to last week’s collapse of the most serious effort to overhaul the country’s gun laws in 20 years.

Drawing on the lessons from battles in the 1980s and ’90s over the Brady Bill, which failed in Congress several times before ultimately passing, gun control supporters believe they can prevail by working on a two-pronged strategy. First, they are identifying senators who might be willing to change their votes and support a background check system with fewer loopholes.

Second, they are looking to build a national campaign that would better harness overwhelming public support for universal background checks — which many national polls put at near 90 percent approval — to pressure lawmakers.

Senators Joe Manchin III, Democrat of West Virginia, and Patrick J. Toomey, Republican of Pennsylvania, have been talking in recent days about how they could persuade more senators to support their bill to expand background checks for gun buyers, which drew backing from only four Republicans last week.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/26/us/politics/senators-quietly-seek-a-new-path-on-gun-control.html

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Fri Apr 26, 2013, 05:21 PM

1. We just need 6 more senators. FFS let's get it done! nt

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Fri Apr 26, 2013, 08:16 PM

2. an idea for a compromise

take the main points of the Grassly-Cruz bill (which creates a NICS online portal) and put in the mandatory clauses that are in the Toomey-manchin bill. Universal Background checks on purchases without the need for an FFL. Also use the word "sale" instead of "transfer"- this would get away from the pesky problem of making people criminals for potentially letting a friend shoot their gun because they didn't go through a background check.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Fri Apr 26, 2013, 09:08 PM

3. Told ya Toomey-Manchin was coming back

Git 'er done!

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Response to derby378 (Reply #3)

Fri Apr 26, 2013, 09:32 PM

4. We need to flood our Senators offices with calls. This was some of the dumb excuses some of the NO

Voters used, guess they want the flood of calls.

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