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04-28-13, 05:49 PM #1
A new front for gun background checks: the ballot
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — After struggling to sway both state and federal lawmakers, proponents of expanding background checks for gun sales are now exploring whether they will have more success by taking the issue directly to voters.
While advocates generally prefer that new gun laws be passed through the legislative process, especially at the national level, they are also concerned about how much sway the National Rifle Association has with lawmakers. Washington Rep. Jamie Pedersen, a Democrat who had sponsored unsuccessful legislation on background checks at the state level, said a winning ballot initiative would make a statement with broad implications.
"It's more powerful if the voters do it — as opposed to our doing it," Pedersen said. "And it would make it easier for the Legislature to do even more."
A new front for gun background checks: the ballotDo not war for peace. If you must war, war for justice. For without justice there is no peace. -me
We are who we choose to be.
R.I.P. Arielle. 08/20/2010-09/16/2012
04-28-13, 11:02 PM #2
This will not go how they planned.
04-28-13, 11:35 PM #3
04-29-13, 04:39 AM #4
People are dumb enough to vote their rights away'Political Correctness is a doctrine fostered by a
delusional, illogical liberal minority, and rabidly
promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which
holds forth the proposition that it is entirely
possible to pick up a turd by the clean end!'
“A fear of weapons is a sign of retarded sexual and emotional maturity.” Sigmund Freud
04-29-13, 04:51 AM #5
Even dems like their guns. An AR has put a smile on even the most liberal of people with whom I associate.
04-29-13, 07:31 AM #6
I suspect this will go down like any other issue brought to ballot. Take smoking bans - time after time they get debated with people who have never smoked speaking in favor of property rights, with healthy questions about pseudo science studies, with polling being nail biting close.
When the vote is counted the breakdown is nearly exactly the same as the percentage of smokers/nonsmokers. Take into account the gun owners who don't plan to buy another and, well. I don't trust my fellow man to make good decisions when he knows his kin and God are watching: I trust him less in the privacy of a voting booth.
Originally Posted by William Pitt (the Younger), Speech in the House of Commons (18 November, 1783)
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