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HardWorkingDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-06-05 02:37 AM
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51. Here is how to win on gun issues....
When it comes to gun laws, about the only study that has shown where a gun law affects criminal behavior is one out of Minnesota. This study showed that when an offender was caught with a firearm it was mandatory prison time. It is also an older study, but one that showed great promise. With that, here are some ways how Dems can win on the gun issue:

Write strong gun penalty laws for criminal use. Even throw in civil penalties that lack the same standard of proof as that found in criminal trials. In other words, fine people in civil proceedings when only 51 percent of evidence in needed instead of "beyond a reasonable doubt."

While writing these laws, make sure there are provisions that protect gun owners from stupid mistakes. For example, several years ago there was a story in the media about how some gun owners were facing strong penalties when caught with a gun while violating minor things in gun laws such as forgetting to renew a gun owner's license or a hunter carrying a firearm in a vehicle the wrong way.

Straw purchases must be stopped as well. Investigations must be done so that people who buy gun after gun and then re-sell them to street thugs must be locked up and heavily punished.

Lastly, Dems should push for increased Federal funding for more federal prosectutions of gun crimes. Local prosecutors are worried about convictions more than Federal prosecutors and also are worried about elections. I don't mean they both don't like them, but local prosecutors will not take questionable cases and criminals are scared of Federal court. Federal criminal courts do not jack around when it comes to gun crimes.

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