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  • California Sheriff Denied Gun Purchase over Background Check

    11/30/2013 4:11:01 PM PST · by Libloather · 37 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/29/13 | AWR Hawkins
    When Siskiyou County, CA Sheriff John Lopey tried to buy an M1 Garand rifle through the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP), he was denied and told he failed to pass the background check conducted via the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). Lopey is a sheriff: he carries a gun and enforces the law for a living. Prior to being a sheriff, he spent 33 years with the California Highway Patrol and is a retired Army Colonel. He had Top Secret clearance in the Army. The FBI handles NICS background checks for firearms purchases. Ironically, Lopey recently went through and...
  • Metro union workers protest (background checks: "Doing time is not a crime")

    09/12/2013 4:09:18 PM PDT · by markomalley · 41 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 9/12/2013
    Members of Metro’s largest union — Local 689 — said they believe the transit agency’s practices of doing background checks on its new hires and employees is unfair and discriminatory. About three dozen people — some in their Metro uniforms — protested Thursday outside of Metro’s headquarters near Judiciary Square stop as the agency’s board of directors held several meetings inside. Some of the Local 689 members also addressed the board during its public input session at its monthly board meeting. The union members said they do not support Metro’s policy in which it conducts a background check of an...
  • Swirls in the Afterglow of the Big Bang Could Set Stage for Major Discovery

    07/28/2013 9:51:58 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 19 replies
    ScienceMag.org ^ | 7/25/13 | Adrian Cho
    Scientists have spotted swirling patterns in the radiation lingering from the big bang, the so-called cosmic microwave background (CMB). The observation itself isn't Earth-shaking, as researchers know that these particular swirls or "B-modes" originated in conventional astrophysics, but the result suggests that scientists are closing in on a much bigger prize: B-modes spawned by gravity waves that rippled through the infant universe. That observation would give them a direct peek into the cosmos' first fraction of a second and possibly shed light on how it all began."I see it as a big step forward," says Charles Bennett, a cosmologist...
  • Obama Gives Senate One Day to Vet NLRB Nominees; Nuclear option deal provided little time

    07/22/2013 9:01:01 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | Bill McMorris
    President Barack Obama gave the Senate just one day to vet his new nominees to the National Labor Relations Board. The White House presented the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) with vetting documents for former AFL-CIO lawyer Nancy Schiffer and NLRB Democratic lawyer Kent Hirozawa on the eve of their confirmation hearing, according to Senate sources. Federal law mandates that NLRB nominees undergo tax, criminal, and conflict of interest background checks performed by the IRS, FBI, and Office of Government Ethics, respectively. The HELP committee rules require the White House to turn over vetting documents at...
  • White House holds Obamacare background briefing with liberal reporters

    07/12/2013 4:23:08 PM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 7/12/13 | Patrick Howley
    The White House held a background briefing Friday to discuss Obamacare implementation with a handful of journalists from liberal and progressive outlets. Slate blogger Matthew Yglesias posted a photograph to Instagram Friday featuring himself and other liberal journalists at the White House, with the caption “#thistown.” Yglesias’ photograph features American Prospect staff writer Jamelle Bouie and MSNBC’s Benjy Sarlin attending the briefing.
  • Report: DHS Halted Background Checks to Meet Flood of Amnesty Requests

    06/11/2013 9:12:15 PM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6/11/13 | Mike Flynn
    In advance of his successful reelection, President Obama took executive action to defer, for two years, deportation for illegal immigrants who entered the country as children. The result was a flood of requests to the immigration service for the temporary amnesty. As a result of this demand, according to documents obtained by Judicial Watch, the Department of Homeland Security cut back on the legally-required criminal background checks of these immigrants. The revelation raises questions of how the agency could handle a blanket amnesty of all illegal immigrants. In October 2012, Judicial Watch, acting on a
  • You Could Encourage the Nevada Governor to Veto Gun Control!

    06/07/2013 12:53:19 PM PDT · by forty_years · 8 replies
    Gun Owners of America ^ | Friday, 07 June 2013 | Written by Gun Owners
    You don’t even have to live in Nevada.But you should know that Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval (R) is trying to decide whether he should sign or veto SB 221, a bill so extreme that the left-of-center United States Senate even voted down a version of it.If he signs this Universal Background Check bill, it will have ramifications for you -- even if you don’t live in the Silver State.So please call 775-684-5670 and press “2” -- to vote AGAINST the universal background check bill (SB 221). You don’t have to live in the state. You don’t even have to give...
  • Senators may resurrect defeated gun control after making cosmetic changes (GOA letter)

    05/09/2013 3:42:05 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 14 replies
    Gun Owners of America ^ | 5-9-2013 | Gun Owners of America
    "Superficial" "A source close to the Senate negotiations [says] that two senators who voted against the background check bill would vote for it after minor, superficial changes." - Lawrence O’Donnell on MSNBC, May 6, 2013ACTION: Senators who voted pro-gun last month are under intense pressure - by Senate Democrats and Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s hit ads - to switch their votes.  We need to keep applying the heat and let them know that gun owners are ready to help in any Senate campaign, no matter which state, to defeat ANY SENATOR who votes for gun control.LEGISLATIVE UPDATE FROM WASHINGTON, DC. It’s...
  • Senators plan to revise, revive expansion of background checks for gun buyers

    05/08/2013 2:38:30 AM PDT · by markomalley · 30 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 5/7/2013 | Susan Ferrechio
    Senators who support expanding criminal background checks for gun buyers said Tuesday that they intend to revive the legislation for a vote by this summer, though the measure won't be exactly the same as the one senators defeated a month ago. The Senate last month fell four votes shy of approving landmark, bipartisan legislation authored by Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., that would have widened background checks to include firearms bought at gun shows or over the internet. "Whenever the support and the time is right we will do it," Manchin said Tuesday. Senate Majority Whip...
  • Gun Control Debate: Universal Background Checks Aren't Universal

    05/06/2013 7:25:55 PM PDT · by Lexi Cory · 11 replies
    PolicyMic ^ | May 6th, 2013 | Lexi Cory
    Why is it that people who oppose universal background checks (UBC) for gun ownership get labeled as extremists? Not all people who oppose UBCs are militia-forming, government-hating conspiracy theorists who think that "the government" is out to turn America into a totalitarian regime. Some of us simply know they won't be effective and in fact will only hinder Second Amendment rights for law-abiding citizens. UBC legislation aims to close firearm sale loopholes at places like gun shows, enacting a universal background to ensure that no one owns a firearm who shouldn't. This includes every transfer, sale, purchase, trade, gift, rental...
  • What Should We Do about Guns?

    05/01/2013 8:17:49 PM PDT · by marktwain · 98 replies
    nationalreview.com ^ | 1 May, 2013 | John Lott
    After the defeat of the Manchin-Toomey background-check bill, and the subsequent demonization of the Senate, Senators Manchin and Toomey are reportedly back at work on bipartisan legislation addressing gun control. John R. Lott, author of the new book At the Brink, who has been researching gun policy for decades, talks about the state of the debate with National Review Online’s Kathryn Jean Lopez. Kathryn Jean Lopez: Gabby Giffords has accused the Senate of being in the grips of the gun lobby. Is there another explanation for the defeat of the Manchin-Toomey bill? JOHN R. LOTT: Yes, there is. The politicians...
  • Why Did The Democrats Pour Everything In Toomey’s Amendment?

    04/27/2013 6:10:13 PM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    extranosalley.com ^ | 27 April, 2013 | Stranger
    Someone from Pipestone, Minnesota, asked “why did the toomey amendment have all the democrats bills.” Essentially, because the Democrats could. A persistent pattern of misspellings seen in bills introduced by long time anti-gun activist Chucky Schumer is also present in the “background check” part of S.AMDT.715. So the amendment was written by Schumer or his staff, and handed to Manchin to be filed. A hard line “false flag” Democrat, Manchin probably never looked at the Amendment – and would have approved it if he had. And of course Toomey had already been suckered signed on so he had no reason...
  • Found it on Facebook — wisdom distilled to poster size (Islam, Welfare, and Gun Control)

    04/25/2013 12:53:08 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 6 replies
    Bookwormroom.com ^ | 4-25-2013 | Bookworm
    I found two good posters on Facebook today:
  • Reid bill would require background checks to purchase explosive powders

    04/25/2013 5:45:42 AM PDT · by opentalk · 199 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 24, 2013
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Tuesday introduced a bill that would require background checks to be run on anyone buying explosive powder, a reaction to last week's Boston Marathon bombing. Reid introduced the bill, S. 792, for Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), who has been out sick for much of the year. But in a press statement, Lautenberg said the Boston bombing shows that background checks are needed for explosive materials. "It defies common sense that anyone, even a terrorist, can walk into a store in America and buy explosive powders without a background check or any questions asked,"...
  • Senate rejects background checks on gun purchases in 54-46 vote

    04/17/2013 1:52:45 PM PDT · by Nachum · 71 replies
    Hill [Washington ^ | Alexander Bolton
    The Senate delivered a devastating blow to President Obama’s agenda to regulate guns Wednesday by defeating a bipartisan proposal to expand background checks. It failed by a vote of 54 to 46, with 5 Democrats voting against it. Only 4 Republicans supported it. Democratic Sens. Mark Pryor (Ark.), Max Baucus (Mont.), Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.), Mark Begich (Alaska) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) voted against it. Reid supported the measure but voted against it to preserve his ability to bring the measure up again. GOP Sens. John McCain (Ariz.), Susan Collins (Maine), Pat Toomey (Pa.) and Mark Kirk
  • Sen. Manchin defends gun deal co-authored with Sen. Toomey (Video)

    04/14/2013 5:14:06 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 18 replies
    video.foxnews.com ^ | 4-14-2013 | video.foxnews.com
    Senator Joe Manchin was on FOX News today to discuss his proposed gun control legislation. He admitted his bill will not prevent another Newtown massacre, “This is not a universal background check. This is a criminal and mental background check at gun shows and internet sales. It does not infringe on your right as a family… It protects the rights of our veterans… They (families of Newtown shooting victims) even recognized that this legislation we’re working on, which is the background checks on criminal and mental illness would not have saved their little babies."
  • Is getting worked up over Senate bill for naught?

    04/13/2013 7:05:03 AM PDT · by marktwain · 35 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 12 January, 2013 | Dave Workman
    Are gun rights activists getting all worked up over nothing, now that the U.S. Senate has voted to open debate on new gun control legislation that focuses on expanded background checks? Pacific Northwest gun owners are engaged in furious discussions at Northwest Firearms and Seattle Guns, along with the national debates on Gun Rights Media and The High Road (here and here) forums. But is all of this for naught? Should these gun activists be burning up their emotions over a vote just to open debate? How many people have actually read the compromise bill unveiled by Senators Joe Manchin...
  • New GOA email alert. Scroll down, put in your info and it will send the email to your Senators!

    04/12/2013 6:47:04 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 7 replies
    GOA ^ | 4-12-2013 | GOA
    The Honorable* (Your Senator) (Address) "I was disappointed to see that 68 Senators did not support the Paul-Cruz-Lee filibuster. Now that the Senate has moved to proceed to S. 649, several gun control issues will be coming up - including the universal registry bill, the Feinstein gun ban, and the magazine ban. As for the Toomey-Manchin-Schumer universal registry bill, don't believe the press' efforts to sugar-coat it. If you have ever had an "Internet ... posting" on (or related to) your gun, you can sell it only by going to a dealer and filling out a 4473 and getting the...
  • Senate Republicans Screw Gun Owners (Video)

    04/11/2013 11:52:14 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 27 replies
    YouTube.com ^ | 4-11-2013 | Sturmgewehre
    6 Senate Republicans voted with the Democrats to break a proposed filibuster and allow a full vote on Universal Background Checks, 2013 Assault Weapons Ban and the Magazine Ban (S.649). Here are the names of the Republicans Senators that betrayed us: Kelly Ayotte (NH) Richard Burr (NC) Saxby Chambliss (GA) Tom Coburn (OK) Susan Collins (ME) Bob Corker (TN) Jeff Flake (AZ) Lindsey Graham (SC) Dean Heller (NV) John Hoeven (ND) Johnny Isakson (GA) Mark Kirk (IL) John McCain (AZ) Pat Toomey (PA) Roger Wicker (MS) Lamar Alexander (TN)
  • There’s Always One: Will Pat Toomey Help Democrats Save Gun Control?

    04/08/2013 11:05:12 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 17 replies
    Ace of Spades HQ ^ | 4-8-2013 | DrewM
    Full title - "There’s Always One: Will Pat Toomey Help Democrats Save Gun Control? Why All Modern Politics Is National." Somewhere, Arlen Specter is smiling. Two influential senators, one from each party, are working on an agreement that could expand background checks on firearms sales to include gun shows and online transactions, Senate aides said Sunday. If completed, the effort could represent a major breakthrough in the effort by President Barack Obama and his allies to restrict guns following last December's massacre of schoolchildren in Newtown, Conn. Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Pat Toomey, R-Pa., could nail down an accord...
  • Man kills nine in axe rampage in India

    04/04/2013 5:19:45 PM PDT · by haffast · 21 replies
    Sky News ^ | Updated: 04:49, Friday April 5, 2013
    An Indian villager has axed to death four women and five young girls while apparently mentally disturbed after his wife left him, police say. Pandu Nagesia, 35, killed nine of his neighbours during his rampage through Behratoli village in the central state of Chhattisgarh on Thursday, district police chief Govardhan Singh Darroh said by telephone. The victims were five girls aged between two and nine, a 25-year-old and three women over 60, he said. 'A total of nine females were axed to death,' Darroh said. 'The accused Nagesia first attacked a 25-year-old woman and her two-year-old child and axed them...
  • FREEPER HELP: BEST BACKGROUND CHECK ENGINE?? (BRIEF VANITY)

    04/04/2013 10:06:00 AM PDT · by Wings-n-Wind · 16 replies
    BRIEF VANITY | 4/4/13 | Self
    FREEPER HELP PLEASE: Asking our FR legal-beagles.... ...attorneys, investigators, claims adjusters... (stand-up comics, kibbitzers, and crackpots also welcome to chime in...) I am researching a person who has demanded an extroardinary insurance settlement-- ...for a very minor collision several years ago. Spidey-sense says possible fraud in the works; perhaps an experienced scammer. SOoo... ... homework required on personal/criminal/prior claims background??!!? What is the BEST background check research engine? (1) Most thorough? (2) Most reliable? (3) Secure inquiry & transaction? (4) Bang for the buck?
  • McCain Key Player in Background Check Expansion (Here comes the back-stab.)

    03/25/2013 7:38:19 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 50 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 25 Mar 2013 | Elizabeth Sheld
    The Hill is reporting that John McCain (R-AZ), who has affixed his name to such legislation or proposed legislation as McCain-Feingold (CFR), McCain-Kennedy (immigration) and McCain-Lieberman (climate change), is a key player in the quest to expand background check for gun purchasers. Also "considering" signing on are Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) and Senator Dean Heller (R-NV). The proposal contains some "compromises" such as letting "rural gun owners conduct background checks from their home computers. Another would give military veterans who have been declared mentally unfit to own a gun a process for appealing that finding." McCain has a B+ rating...
  • Minnesota House Democrat drops universal background checks from gun bill

    03/20/2013 5:11:17 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 7 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 3-20-13 | Megan Boldt
    Paymar has enough votes to get the diminished gun control bill out of his committee. One of two Democrats who were opposed to his original bill -- Rep. Debra Hilstrom of Brooklyn Center -- said she will support the new proposal. Also stripped from Paymar's bill is a provision that would have restored some discretion to law enforcement in approving gun purchase permits. The NRA and gun rights advocates vowed to fight the newest version as well, saying it still doesn't accomplish the end goal of keeping guns out of the hands of criminals. They also argued Paymar's delaying tactics...
  • Details of Schumer’s Mandatory Background Check Bill (S. 374) (NOT GOOD!)

    03/13/2013 3:35:54 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 26 replies
    The main provision of the bill is that any transfer of a firearm, no matter how fleeting, needs to go through an FFL and the transferee needs to have a background check performed through the NICS system. There are some exceptions, but they aren’t very good ones. As one of the provisions designed to “alleviate the fears” of the gun-owning public, it looks like there’s a provision in here that permanently sets the price of all FFL transfer fees to the same amount. That number will be set by the Attorney General, which these days is still Eric Holder. The...
  • Now We Know Why Schumer Has Been Hiding The Bill

    03/13/2013 5:47:29 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    The Liberty Zone ^ | 12 March, 2013 | Nicki
    I pulled up S.374 - Protecting Responsible Gun Sellers Act of 2013 on Thomas, and I came up with a two-page shell of a bill that means nothing. To ensure that all individuals who should be prohibited from buying a firearm are listed in the national instant criminal background check system and require a background check for every firearm sale.Well, gosh! Who could have a problem with that, right? I mean, didn’t the panel of gun banners last night at the town hall tell us that these are just common-sense measures to prevent people who shouldn’t have guns from having...
  • Gun background checks plan stalls in Wash. House

    03/12/2013 6:54:15 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    AP ^ | 11 March, 2013 | MIKE BAKER
    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Supporters of a proposal to expand background checks to private gun sales struggled Monday to secure a final batch of votes that would ensure the bill's passage.
  • Ever Had a Look at Ted Cruz's Resume?

    03/11/2013 9:08:22 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 38 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 11 March 2013 | Reaganite Republican
    You know, the emerging conservative leader in the US Senate- same one the GOP old-guard spent million$ trying to defeat... that one: Solicitor General of Texas from 2003 - May 2008, Cruz was the first Hispanic Solicitor General in Texas, the youngest Solicitor General in the entire country, and had the longest tenure in Texas history.  Partner at the law firm Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, where he led the firm’s U.S. Supreme Court and national appellate litigation practice.  Cruz has authored 80+ SCOTUS briefs and presented 40+ oral arguments before The Court Cruz served as a law clerk to Chief Justice William...
  • Senator Coburn Holds the Line Against Universal Gun Registration

    03/07/2013 4:48:19 AM PST · by marktwain · 12 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 7 March, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    Citizen disarmament advocate Charles Schumer (D-N.Y) has shown that the cry for universal background checks has always been a subterfuge to move toward universal firearms registration. Senator Coburn (R-OK) has offered a compromise allowing for background checks as long as no records are kept. Such systems are easily implemented and controlled through sting operations. The advantage of such a system is that can not easily be used to construct a universal registration database. Gun registration has historically been the precursor of gun confiscations, either slowly and individually, over time, or in groups during a crises. It appears that the potential...
  • Deal elusive on expanding gun background checks

    03/06/2013 5:42:33 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 16 replies
    pioneer press/AP ^ | 3-6-13 | alan fram
    WASHINGTON—Despite signs of stepped-up White House involvement, a bipartisan compromise over expanded background checks for gun buyers remained elusive Tuesday as a Senate committee prepared for votes this week on curbing firearms. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., has been the lead Republican negotiating with Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and other Democrats over a compromise background-check measure. They've been stuck over Democrats' insistence that records be kept on sales between private individuals. Coburn spoke at the White House last week with Vice President Joe Biden on guns and other issues, and received a phone call Monday from President Barack Obama in which...
  • Perform Criminal Background Checks at Your Peril

    02/15/2013 5:52:19 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 28 replies
    WSJ ^ | 2-15-13 | james bovard
    Should it be a federal crime for businesses to refuse to hire ex-convicts? Yes, according to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which recently released 20,000 convoluted words of regulatory "guidance" to direct businesses to hire more felons and other ex-offenders. In the late 1970s, the EEOC began stretching Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act to sue businesses for practically any hiring practice that adversely affected minorities. In 1989, the agency sued Carolina Freight Carrier Corp. of Hollywood, Fla., for refusing to hire as a truck driver a Hispanic man who had multiple arrests and had served 18 months...
  • Universal background checks would strip 18-20 year olds of handgun rights

    02/04/2013 6:16:31 AM PST · by marktwain · 17 replies
    D.C. Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 3 February, 2013 | Mike Stollenwerk
    Lost amidst the clamor for universal back ground checks are a lot of important details. One of those details, besides the issues of who will pay for universal background checks, and how will such checks be precluded from turning into a registration scheme, is the fact that simply making firearm background checks “universal” would have to effect of denying the right of 18-20 year olds to own a handgun, even in their home. In 2008 the US Supreme Court held in District of Columbia v. Heller that the Second Amendment “guarantee[s] the individual right to possess and carry weapons in...
  • What's the big deal about background checks?

    02/03/2013 9:43:35 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 51 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | 4-27-2009 | paul velone
    Among comments to my last piece, “Lautenberg gun show bill as bad as expected,” several were from well-meaning gun owners who honestly questioned why S. 843 – ostensibly submitted to close the “gun show loophole” – is really so bad. A typical and knowledgeable comment went like this: “I am a very pro-gun person. I own a couple of rifles and I will never support any [‘assault weapon’ ban]. I don't even support the ‘86 [McClure-Volkmer] automatic ban. But background checks should be required for any and every sale. If that means transferring it at the dealer, then fine. "But...
  • California's gun background-check system could be national model(barf alert)

    02/01/2013 11:27:56 AM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies
    chicoer.com ^ | 31 January, 2012 | Josh Richman
    Every day for the past 22 years, California's background checks have stopped about a dozen felons, mentally ill people and others from buying guns. When prospective gun buyers stride into California gun stores such as Ron Kennedy's Canyon Sports in Martinez, they must swipe their driver's licenses or state IDs. That sets off a review process that runs their names not only through the same FBI criminal database other states use but also almost 20 other sources, from mental health records to DMV data. It's a check more rigorous than any other state's. California is also one of only two...
  • NRA, GOAL oppose ‘universal background check’ legislation

    02/01/2013 11:05:10 AM PST · by marktwain
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 1 February, 2013 | Dave Workman
    The National Rifle Association was out late yesterday with a blistering criticism of House Bill 1588 which would require “universal background checks” on all firearms transactions in Washington State, and Examiner has learned that the Gun Owner’s Action League of Washington “will take a similar tone” in this evening’s on-line edition of The GOAL Post. The NRA’s move was hardly unexpected in the wake of Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre’s testimony Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee during which he tangled with anti-gun Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL) over such checks at the federal level. As reported by this column, LaPierre...
  • Durbin disconnect defines Democrat delusions on gun control

    02/01/2013 5:43:59 AM PST · by marktwain · 23 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 31 January, 2012 | Dave Workman
    Illinois Senator Richard Durbin’s exchange Wednesday with National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre defined the disconnect anti-gun Democrats have with the reality of so-called “universal background checks” and why they won’t stop criminals from obtaining firearms. As quoted in the Seattle Times, and shown in this video, Durbin became engaged in a frustrating debate with LaPierre. The NRA executive told the Senate Judiciary Committee that “My problem with background checks is that you’re never going to get criminals to go through universal background checks.” “You’ll create an enormous federal bureaucracy, unfunded, hitting all the little people in the...
  • Leahy Pushes Background Checks, But Little Else

    01/31/2013 6:45:32 PM PST · by marktwain · 7 replies
    nationaljournal.com ^ | 31 January, 2012 | Rebecca Kaplan
    As chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., will oversee any legislation on gun control that makes its way to the Senate floor. At the first in a series of congressional hearings on the issue Wednesday, his line of questioning suggested that expanded background checks and closing the so-called gun show loophole will be top priorities — and perhaps the only ones that stand a chance in the full Senate. Displaying his background as a Vermont prosecutor, Leahy confronted National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre on whether he had changed his support for mandatory instant criminal background checks...
  • What Purposes Would Federal Background Checks and Firearm Registries Serve?

    01/28/2013 12:59:03 PM PST · by DanMiller · 9 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | January 28, 2013 | Dan Miller
    Probably not only the purposes our devoted civil savants advance to justify them I'm not a stupid racist, so you don't scare me! Uh, you do work for the DHS -- don't you? * * * * * * Stuff that doesn't work An article at PJ Tatler claims that "even supporters admit background checks won't reduce gun violence." However, the article does not contend that a push for background checks might be motivated by additional objectives. The article notes flaws in the aggregation of State data on mental illness and assorted crimes. For instance, while the background checks cover...
  • Background checks: Do they work?

    01/27/2013 2:01:01 PM PST · by marktwain · 16 replies
    politico.com ^ | 26 January, 2013 | KEVIN CIRILLI
    The federal background check system for gun buyers is porous, ineffective, and hampered by a lack of cooperation from the states. And that’s what the system’s supporters have to say. For critics, it’s much more than that. They warn that even if the system can be perfected — and there’s growing consensus in Washington, D.C., that the time has come to authorize certain basic and largely non-controversial improvements — it will do nothing to reduce gun violence. President Barack Obama called on Congress to implement universal background checks as part of the gun-control proposals he unveiled in the wake of...
  • President Obama Undermines Case Against Universal E-Verify [re: gun control]

    01/18/2013 9:59:21 AM PST · by forty_years · 14 replies
    "First, it's time for Congress to require a universal background check on anyone trying to buy a gun." These were President Obama's words as he outlined his plans for gun control legislation on Wednesday. FAIR takes no position on gun issues, but the president's unequivocal support for universal checks demonstrates two things: The president does not consider background checks to be an infringement on anyone’s constitutional liberties, andThe president does not consider there to be any technological impediments to carrying out universal checks before someone is permitted to purchase a firearm. In making his statement, President Obama also negated the...
  • Biden to NRA: We 'don’t have the time' to prosecute people who lie on background checks

    01/17/2013 10:05:22 PM PST · by Nachum · 39 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 1/18/13 | Caroline May
    During the National Rifle Association’s meeting with Vice President Joe Biden and the White House gun violence task force, the vice president said that the administration did not have the time to prosecute existing gun laws. Jim Baker, the NRA representative present at the meeting, recalled the vice president’s words to The Daily Caller: “And to your point, Mr. Baker, regarding the lack of prosecutions on lying on Form 4473s, we simply don’t have the time or manpower to prosecute everybody who lies on a form, that checks a wrong box, that answers a question inaccurately.” Submitting false information on...
  • Gun Sales and Background Checks: Obama’s Bogus 40 Percent Stat

    01/17/2013 11:00:44 AM PST · by neverdem · 17 replies
    National Review Online ^ | January 17, 2013 | John Fund
    Of all the gun-control measures touted by President Obama on Wednesday, the one that got top billing was a dramatic tightening of background checks on gun purchasers. Obama himself said the need was urgent because “40 percent of all gun purchases are conducted without a background check.” But before we make the most sweeping changes in federal firearms law since the 1960s, shouldn’t we at least examine the validity of that figure? It’s about as dubious as they come.The administration is focusing on background checks in an attempt to drive a wedge between staunch anti-gun-control absolutists such as the...
  • Background Checks a Failed Paradigm: Prohibited Possession Works

    01/15/2013 12:12:43 PM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 16 January, 2012 | Dean Weingarten
    The failed paradigm that has been followed for 44 years in the United States has been to attempt, unsuccessfully, to prevent crime by not allowing prohibited groups from buying firearms. Obviously, this approach has not worked. It is a failed paradigm because its focus is on the 99 percent of people who do not need to be controlled, instead of the 1 percent who do. The 1 percent can always find a way to obtain firearms illegally. The Supreme court has ruled that in the United States, you have a right to a loaded, unlocked handgun that is in common...
  • 4,200 Coloradans tried to buy guns the day after Newtown, Connecticut school shooting

    12/17/2012 6:04:00 PM PST · by Libloather · 31 replies
    4,200 Coloradans tried to buy guns the day after Newtown, Connecticut school shootingPosted: 12/17/2012 Last Updated: 2 hours ago DENVER - Colorado set a single-day record for gun background check requests the day after the Connecticut mass shootings. Colorado Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Susan Medina said there were more than 4,200 requests to buy guns in Colorado on Saturday. Those gun-purchase requests surpassed the previous record -- 4,028 background checks processed on Black Friday this year.
  • Background on Military Naturalization Ceremony at the White House

    07/04/2012 5:19:25 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    White House ^ | 7/4/12 | Office of the Press Secretary
    WASHINGTON, DC - On July 4, 2012, President Obama will deliver remarks at a naturalization ceremony for active duty service members in the East Room of the White House. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Alejandro Mayorkas will present the countries of the candidates for naturalization and Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano will deliver the oath of allegiance. The audience will be composed of the service members and their families. Other Senior Administration Officials will also be speaking at naturalization ceremonies around the country, including Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis in New York, Small Business Administrator Karen Mills and...
  • EEOC Issues Job Guidelines That Limit Background Checks

    05/11/2012 5:58:42 AM PDT · by YourAdHere · 21 replies
    Afro ^ | 5/9/12 | George E. Curry
    WASHINGTON (NNPA) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has issued updated recommendations that urge employers not to misuse criminal background checks in filling job openings. By a vote of 4-1 last week, the commissioners noted that African-Americans and Latinos may find it more difficult to find employment because of the widespread use of background checks. “Arrest and incarceration rates are particularly high for African-American and Hispanic men,” the EEOC report stated. “African Americans and Hispanics are arrested at a rate that is 2 to 3 times their proportion of the general population. Assuming that current incarnation rates remain unchanged,...
  • Why it matters that Obama dated a composite and ate a dog

    05/03/2012 6:08:43 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 66 replies
    (London) Telegraph ^ | May 2, 2012 | Tim Stanley
    There was a brief media firestorm yesterday when Vanity Fair broke the news that Obama’s famous “New York girlfriend” was a fiction. She appears in his 1995 memoir, Dreams From My Father, described in some detail by her appearance, voice and mannerisms. But a new biography of Obama – with an excerpt published in Vanity Fair – “reveals” that she was actually an amalgam of several different women. Politico immediately ran with “Obama: 'New York girlfriend' was composite” and Drudge headlined with “Obama Admits Fabricating Girlfriend in a Memoir.” Coming hot on the heels of the news that the...
  • School district wants more info on poll workers (WI)

    01/24/2012 8:45:37 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 18 replies
    MADISON, Wis.— The Madison School District wants background checks on any poll workers in school buildings on election days. The city is looking into the time and cost required for background checks on more than 2,000 poll workers. City clerk Maribeth Witzel-Behl says they also need to settle on the criteria that would be needed to pass a background check. Currently, poll workers take an oath and attend a training session. Never before has the school district asked for background checks. Assistant superintendent Erick Kass tells the State Journal (http://bit.ly/xWFr1e ) the district is trying to improve school safety based...
  • The Chosen One

    07/15/2011 6:47:22 AM PDT · by libstripper · 16 replies
    The Claremont Institute ^ | Jjuly 13, 2011 | Angelo Codevilla
    Presumptuous and daring, flouting politically correct prohibitions against looking too closely at his time's Establishment, Niccolň Machiavelli went on to detail who did what to whom to establish the papacy's temporal power. Cesare Borgia's cruel triangulation between Rome's Orsini and Colonnesi factions, not miracles, had made the papal states into a major power. In our time, asking how a young man of scarce achievement got into position to win the Democratic Party's nomination for president courts the contemporary synonyms for "impious": "birther," "conspiracy theorist," and, of course, "racist." Granted, to inquire into what formed a president is not as important...
  • Need Help in Finding a good web site that performs Background Checks on Individuals

    07/03/2011 7:41:28 PM PDT · by Coleus · 25 replies
    I have 2 friends who need to do background checks on perspective tenants for their 2-family homes, one friend is a single mother and doesn't want a criminal living in her house. They want to check both criminal and financial records before they let a tenant in their home. There are many internet sites out there and am not sure which ones are the better. Any help would be appreciated. thank you.