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June 5, 2013

Breaking News:

American Woman Killed in Syria Fighting for Terrorists, Syrian TV Claims (Video) -

Friday, May 31, 2013

CO2 in the Air Reached its Highest Level in Human History -

Friday, May 10, 2013

Terms of the New Abortion Bill Agreed by Irish Cabinet -

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Boston In Lockdown As Manhunt Intensifies -

Friday, April 19, 2013

2 Dead, Dozens Injured After Boston Marathon Bombing -

Monday, April 15, 2013

Fast Food Workers in New York Stage Surprise Strike -

Saturday, April 6, 2013

N. Korean Rhetoric Provokes Missile Shield Deployment -

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Eyewitness Accounts from Meiktila Massacre -

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Sudan to Free All Political Prisoners -

Monday, April 1, 2013

A New Free Press In Burma Juxtaposed With Genocide: The World Will Be Watching -

Friday, March 29, 2013

Pressure Builds to End Ethnic Violence in Myanmar -

Friday, March 29, 2013

Activists Demand Action As Further Genocide Looms -

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Cyprus Reaches Last-Minute Bailout Deal With EU -

Monday, March 25, 2013

Myanmar Muslims Brace for Possible Genocide -

Sunday, March 24, 2013

IMF Chief Lagarde’s Home Searched over Tapie Scandal -

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Cyprus Crisis Deepens as the Country Rejects Bailout -

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

HSBC Faces Criminal Charges in Argentina -

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Cyprus Bailout: Banks Relieved, Cypriots Squeezed -

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Brooklyn Residents Struggle With Division Amidst Grief -

Friday, March 15, 2013

Rand Paul Ends Confirmation Filibuster, White House Responds -

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Myth: “Gun Control Laws Only Affect Law-abiding Citizens”.

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Myth: “Gun control laws only affect law-abiding citizens. Criminals can just ignore gun control laws.”

This can be easily disproved. Background checks, like in the Brady Law, do not prohibit law-abiding citizens from buying guns, but they do succeed at making it much harder for a criminal to get a firearm.

In 1999 alone, nation-wide background checks combined with waiting periods, stopped 200,000 gun sales to felons and other prohibited people. Read about it here.

The Brady Law was intended to make it harder for criminals to easily obtain a gun but background checks have had the added effect of leading to the arrest of many felons who tried to illegally buy a gun. Many prohibited people were apprehended by state and local law enforcement officials, for charges like submitting false information when buying a firearm, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm by someone facing domestic abuse charges, and possession of a firearm while under a restraining order. Read more about it here.

According to an NBC News report, a spokesman for the Georgia Bureau of Investigations said that in the first 6 months that the Brady law was in effect, about 30% of gun applicants had criminal histories causing them to be rejected. About 1000 of them were wanted on criminal charges or out on bail. That’s 5 wanted criminals a day put away by the Brady law.

The Brady Law is a great example of a gun control law that has a direct impact on criminals while respecting the rights of law-abiding citizens.

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Jeff (27 Posts)