POLITICAL observations & opinions

* fight the NRA … sign the petition to keep guns out of the hands of those with serious mental or drug abuse problems

Posted by Lew Weinstein on January 25, 2011

 

“Congress must keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people by taking two critical steps: 1) Get all the names of people who should be prohibited from buying guns into the background check system. 2) Require a background check for every gun sale in America.”

Thousands of the records that should be in the background check system—people with documented histories of serious mental illness and drug abuse, like Arizona shooter Jared Lee Loughner—have never been entered.1 And you can still buy guns at gun shows with no background check at all.2

A bipartisan group of mayors from across the country, led by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, is now pushing to close these loopholes.

There is huge public support (over 90%!) for doing this3—but the gun lobby and the NRA are powerful and super well-funded and they will fight this tooth and nail. If we can show overwhelming public demand for the mayors’ efforts right now, change is possible.

Can you sign this petition to Congress supporting the bipartisan proposal from Mayors Against Illegal Guns? If we can get over 250,000 signatures, mayors from across the country will deliver them directly to Congress. Click here:

http://pol.moveon.org/guncontrol/?id=25897-9530517-yeKpK8x&t=3

 

 

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5 Responses to “* fight the NRA … sign the petition to keep guns out of the hands of those with serious mental or drug abuse problems”

  1. Chris said

    New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is anti gun zealot who also is a hypocrite.

    • Lew Weinstein said

      CHRIS … I wonder if you could explain why you think Mayor Bloomberg is a hypocrite … LEW

      • Chris said

        Mayor Bloomberg has a protection detail and had one prior to being mayor. Some in New York City are allowed the ability and means to defend oneself. However the common folk are left defenseless. Handguns are all but band in New York City except for the wealthy and famous. So why is there all that gun crime? Gun laws strip the honest law abiding of their rights to self protection and always have. With over 50,000 gun laws on the books am I to believe that this next one proposed is going to protect me better? You are responsible for your own safety and no one else.

    • Chris said

      Safe Place?

      As residents of Detroit discovered recently, even local police precinct
      stations are not “safe” places. We can now add them to churches, schools,
      political events, as well as the “old-reliables:” sleazy bars, trailer
      parks, rock-concerts, family reunions, and foreign countries with crumbling
      governments!

      Even your own home is no safer than the thickness of your front door, or
      the ease with which windows can be broken.

      In the case of the Detroit Precinct Station, all legitimate residents were
      carrying guns, so the armed invader enjoyed only an abbreviated tenure
      before he was shot to death by officers who courageously and unhesitatingly
      responded in kind, but with more skill and precision. Had they all be
      unarmed, as would be the case with denizens of most schools and churches, the
      criminal’s deadly spree would have gone on and on!

      The fact that those DPD Officers were routinely armed and ready, even in
      the “office,” saved many innocent lives.

      In the wake of any lethal-force event in which you find yourself involved,
      voluntarily or involuntarily, and no matter where it decides to take place,
      two vehicles will eventually arrive: (1) a police vehicle and (2) an
      ambulance. Your decisiveness and level of preparedness will determine which
      one you leave in!

      Either way, few, besides yourself, will remember, nor care!

      You’re on your own, and always have been. For the clueless and
      unprepared, it is only luck that has protected them thus far.

      Recent events make ugly facts impossible to deny. Ignore them at your
      peril!

      John F

  2. Liz said

    done

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