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.
This ditz is perfect for the DNC. BTW she was picked because she wasn’t as butt-ugly as other liberal women, and to provide some type of counter-weight to Palin.
“Anyone he supports. Vote against.”
And to think, just a few years ago he was one of the anointed, “Bush’s Brain”, a golden boy. What happened? Could we have been conned?
Sorry, Debbie. It's only outrageous to fascists. For everyday, law-abiding Americans, it's normal behavior.
I love how the article by The Hill points out that Wasserman-Schlitz is outraged at private gun sales and then points out the Gifford shooter bought his from a licensed seller. These Democrats and their liberal lackeys in the press can't even support an issue that is dear to them without looking completely stupid.
Agreed. These people could start some real mischief if they're not careful.
They’re so dumb they compare apples to oranges then call them pears.
So how many murders will this stop by the Bloods and MS-13?
THAT is the only thing they should be targeting.
Instead, they target you and me.
People have had enough of these BS laws.
Thdems are always setting the tone on this. WHat are the Republicans doing?
They should be out calling for the repeal of GCA68.
He sure plays one on TV. I am ashamed to have ever believed that he was a “magnificent bastard” when plain old bastard would have been sufficient.
The Wasserman test is for VD! go figure.
How about a background check for people who want to hold office?
Like a birth certificate or something?
All lawmakers should submit to random drug and alcohol testing, mental fitness tests and a test on the Constitution before taking office.
Unlicensed dealers? Unless you are licensed, how can you be called a dealer? That includes anyone selling a firearm privately, doesn't it? Or does it only apply to individuals who sell more than a certain number of guns per year/month/week/day?
If I choose to sell a possession, it is none of anyone's business. < /rant >
Yes you were conned. Tarp, DHS, Tsa, Medicare, Iraq, Saving capitalism with socialism, Amnesty, need I continue.
This broad is mentally retarded!
What with security cameras everywhere, your booze buys are not likely to be secret either!
What with security cameras everywhere, your booze buys are not likely to be secret either!
Again: make gun sales like liquor sales, where no record is kept of what is bought by who, and Ill gladly flash an ID to prove Im legally qualified.
Why dont they do it that way?
If they are just Screening the buyer, why do they need all that data on the gun?
And why do they want to keep that information?
No. The Dims still have their sights set on taking back the House. If Obama wins in 2012, they will likely do so while winning back the House.
How about this idea: Every citizen, upon reaching the age of 18, is required to take a mandatory class, over 15 weeks, in all topics of firearms: history, operation, types, calibers, ammunition, safety, function, self-defense, firing range, reloading, etc....and during that mandatory class, anyone who appears to be mentally unstable gets cited by the instructors and undergoes further evaluation...that way, the libtards would HAVE to be exposed to firearms and HAVE to shoot them...and if a person passes the test, they get an ID card allowing them to buy anything short of a rocket-propelled grenade launcher...Thoughts??
Well I want to screen all dimrats for deportation and striping them of citizenship.
Aw come on -- we'd have no Congressmen at all! Oh, wait...
Not really understanding the "screening" step. Are you thinking that some of them may not qualify for that treatment? ;-)
She was, a couple of years ago, a breast cancer patient. Nowhere near the five year point at this moment, as I recall.
So perhaps she doesn’t have that longer amongst us. If so, it is fascinating to me that she would spend what time she has left in this fashion. She must be really, really driven . . . .
Mike Barone thinks reapportionment and redistricting will give the GOP around 20 more seats in the House, IIRC. Look at all the damage that Obama will do by then. Daffy Duck should be able to beat Obama.
Those are not the only reasons to vote against Obama.
“So how many murders will this stop by the Bloods and MS-13?”
Because we will follow the law and aren’t quite as scary.
Power is a serious motivator.
Yes, it is.
I forgot. Rats won in Congress in 2006 and increased their gains in 2008 by running supposedly “moderate” nominees, many were fiscal conservatives, pro Second Amendent and/or prolife. They are not seeing any of the seats they lost in 2010 any time soon, especially if they return to gun grabbing schemes.
This gal needs to find something else to harp on... Trying to regulate private gun sales would be (as my old school U.S. Navy father would put it) "like trying to empty a battleship bilge with a tablespoon."