Skip to comments.New DNC chief wants to screen all gun sales
Posted on 04/19/2011 3:22:36 PM PDT by neverdem
The new head of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) is pushing for screenings of all gun purchases.
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz said the current law, which allows private firearm sales without background checks, is "outrageous." The Florida Democrat is sponsoring a soon-to-be-released proposal extending the screening requirements to all gun purchases, commercial or private.
"It is outrageous that gun buyers evade the background-check system every day, even in broad daylight," Wasserman Schultz said Monday at a gun-reform rally in Miami sponsored by Mayors Against Illegal Guns.
"While we likely cannot end all gun violence, we certainly can do much, much better," she added. "We have laws on the books designed to keep guns out of the hands of those that should not have them. We just need to close the loopholes and improve the information available to law enforcement."
The issue of gun reform rose in prominence in January after a shooting rampage in Tucson, Ariz., left six people dead and 13 others injured, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), a close friend to Wasserman Schultz.
The suspect arrested in the shootings, Jared Lee Loughner, had been expelled from community college for disturbing behavior and denied entrance to the military for a history of drug abuse. Yet he was able to buy a firearm and high-capacity ammunition magazines from local, licensed gun dealers.
The tragedy inspired a series of gun-reform bills on Capitol Hill, and prompted President Obama to urge tougher screening rules.
"We should provide an instant, accurate, comprehensive and consistent system for background checks to sellers who want to do the right thing, and make sure that criminals can't escape it," the president wrote in a March op-ed in the Arizona Daily Star.
The comments broke a long silence from Obama on the gun-reform issue, which is often a third rail in Washington, where the gun lobby holds enormous sway.
That a lawmaker as prominent as Wasserman Schultz has come out so adamantly for reform is "indication that elected officials are catching up with the public," said Mark Glaze, director of the coalition of Mayors Against Illegal Guns. The reference was to recent polls indicating that voters even gun owners overwhelmingly support a system of across-the-board background checks.
"Her participation shows that there's a growing understanding that gun policy is about fighting crime, not taking away gun rights," Glaze said.
Wasserman Schultz will take the reins of the DNC later this month. Tim Kaine, the former governor of Virginia, stepped down to campaign for the Senate seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.). Donna Brazile is serving as the interim chairwoman of the committee.
Under current law, licensed gun dealers are required to conduct background checks to ensure that prospective buyers are legally eligible to own firearms. Felons, illegal immigrants and the severely mentally ill, for instance, are barred from owning guns. Licensed dealers must perform these screenings in all venues including gun shows but unlicensed dealers are under no obligation to follow them anywhere. Critics of the policy discrepancy call it the "gun-show loophole."
The coming House legislation will require all gun sellers to perform background checks on potential buyers a change forcing private sellers to finalize their sales at licensed dealers or law enforcement offices, which have access to the federal database used to weed out illegal buyers.
Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) introduced similar legislation in the upper chamber earlier in the year.
"We cannot bring back those we have lost," Wasserman Schultz said Monday, "but we can honor them by doing everything we can to keep guns out of the hands of those who shouldnt have them."
Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.) is expected to introduce the House bill when Congress returns from spring recess.
IMHO, they've given up on retaking the House. They'll have a hard enough job just keeping the Senate.
Maybe she could team up with her assistant...Karl Rove. I think he is a Democrat.
A Wasserman test? I thought they did away with that for marriages.
Again: make gun sales like liquor sales, where no record is kept of what is bought by who, and I’ll gladly flash an ID to prove I’m legally qualified.
This isnt about safety or the children because if it were, they would be implementing laws that would protect the law-abiding, not disarming them.
The want control over every transaction simply because it is one of the biggest steps to registration and then confiscation.
he seems to be a paid political adviser(prostitute) for whomever wants to listen. We should propose legislation that any one with a hyphenated name should STFU.
How DARE people buy and sell things without the government being involved and getting a cut.
Hmmm. I wonder how the question was phrased in these "polls"? Also, what was the composition of the people surveyed, i.e., how many Democrats, how many Republicans?
Anyone he supports. Vote against.
Bad dudes get their guns on the street...no screening necessary.
Edited for truer intent.
she’s from florida? how did she get into office with her kooky attitude.
The Dododemocrats still believe that it’s the gun shows that are to blame. Perhaps, Debbie Wasserman-Klutz (and man lady, your hair is in sore need of some Panteen), had Sheriff Douche listened to the complaints about Loughner’s dangerous behavior and actually taken the trouble to put this lunatic on a list he wouldn’t have been able to purchase a gun in the first place.
And I’m sure all those gang bangers in L.A. will be sure to follow the letter of the law in their “private” sales.
You obviously don’t know Florida that well. Wasserman Schultz represents her NY transplant constituents very well.
Because She is from the part called FloraDuh!
I want the DNC screened...
When Obama was running for office, he promised all sorts of things with regard to gun control. He wouldn't try to take anyone's guns, gun owners need not fear him, etc.
I thought (and said) at the time that if he managed to get himself elected, he probably wouldn't do much on gun control issues until he knew that either he probably wouldn't win reelection in 2012, or until he was reelected and facing a term limit.
Debbie Wasserman Schultz as head of the DNC is just the tip of the gun control iceberg we're about to witness.
But we don’t get to screen Presidential candidates for eligibility.
That would be racist.
This is real simple. Any politician who votes to infringe the 2nd Amendment is a domestic enemy of the Constitution, and a traitor. The penalty for treason is death. The only question is who is going to mete out the punishment.
Try it, dim-bulb-crats.
Wait until after the upcoming civil war, at least.
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