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U.S. House of Representatives Rescinds Gun Background Check Rule Watch

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    House votes to rescind Obama gun background check rule

    The House voted Thursday to rescind an Obama administration rule that heightened scrutiny of mentally impaired people who seek to purchase a firearm — but that critics said would strip law abiding citizens of their constitutional rights.

    On a 235-180 vote, members voted to rescind the rule, adopted in December, that permits the Social Security Administration to send information about those who receive disability payments to the national system of background checks for gun purchasers if those individuals are determined to be mentally impaired.

    The move was hailed by the National Rifle Association as a victory for Second Amendment rights.

    Democrats ripped the move as an effort by Republicans to undermine background checks for gun purchasers. After the House vote, Sen. Dianne Feinstein pleaded with supporters to rally against the move in the Senate.

    Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-Conn.) said in a statement that the vote “was about weakening our firearms background check system, plain and simple.” She said it was expected that about 75,000 people per year would be reported under the regulation."
    Source (Politico).

    All this background check did was ensure that the national system of background checks had information about those who receive disability payments and have been found to be mentally impaired. Yet we have the NRA's narrative of this background check stripping "law-abiding Americans of their Second Amendment rights without due process".

    The NRA has U.S. politicians by the balls, even after the Sandy Hook School shooting in 2012 (where a man who was found to have "significant mental health issues" shot dead 20 six/seven year-old children) Obama couldn't pass substantive gun reform.

    Politifact have verified that in every national poll over the last year 90% of Americans support strengthening the background check system, yet here we have the NRA-bought Republicans (and Democrats) rolling back background checks. Unbelievable.

    Source for 90% of Americans supporting more stringent background checks.
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    I am myself quite pro-gun, but this is a ****ing joke.
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    (Original post by Willy Pete)
    I am myself quite pro-gun, but this is a ****ing joke.
    It is one thing to support a general right to bear arms, but quite another to not support at least background checks to qualify this right; no right is absolute.

    What is startlingly noticeable is how quickly and quietly the Republicans have moved in just 13 days since Trump's inauguration. It is clear they are doing so because they know that even most of their own supporters don't support gutting the Affordable Care Act (unless you call it "Obamacare", then they know they hate it - they don't know why they hate it, just that they do) or removing existing background checks for gun ownership.

    To quote the Politifact article on public opinion re: gun laws:

    Pew found that support for background checks spans all partisan and demographic groups , and it is also favored by a majority of households that own guns and those that do not.
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    (Original post by Palmyra)
    It is one thing to support a general right to bear arms, but quite another to not support at least background checks to qualify this right; no right is absolute.

    What is startlingly noticeable is how quickly and quietly the Republicans have moved in just 13 days since Trump's inauguration. It is clear they are doing so because they know that even most of their own supporters don't support gutting the Affordable Care Act (unless you call it "Obamacare", then they know they hate it - they don't know why they hate it, just that they do) or removing existing background checks for gun ownership.

    To quote the Politifact article on public opinion re: gun laws:
    I see a dark dystopian future for the US at this rate.

    I fully support the second amendment, but you need to have strict regulation in place to ensure the right people are getting guns. Like we have here in the UK where gun crime (violent in nature) with legally owned weapons is rare.
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    MORE mass shootings, they said, we want more, more, MORE!

    ****ing hell
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    I fully support this, and hope gun laws in the USA become more liberal.

    It helps control the population numbers.
 
 
 
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