NRA’s LaPierre to tell Congress more gun laws ‘not a serious solution’

January 30, 2013

A top National Rifle Association official will tell a Senate committee Wednesday — in the first Capitol Hill hearing on gun control since President Obama announced his proposals – that more gun laws without enforcing existing ones “is not a serious solution” to reducing crime.

“Prosecuting criminals who misuse firearms works,” NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre is expected to say, according to prepared testimony for the Senate Judiciary Committee. “Unfortunately, we’ve seen a dramatic collapse in federal gun prosecutions in recent years.”

LaPierre argues that prosecution for federal weapons violations in 2011 was essentially down 35 percent, compared to previous administrations, which he says means violent felons, gang members and the mentally ill who possess firearms are not being prosecuted.

“That’s unacceptable,” says LaPierre, who suggested fixing the country’s “broken” mental-health system become part of the solution to gun violence – including making patient records part of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

1 Comment - what are your thoughts?

  • Jim Macklin says:

    Former Congresswoman Giffords was stalked by a killer. Nobody on the dias or in the crowd was looking for trouble. Trouble came to the site in the parking lot. Surely if there had been even one person paying attention to the crowd, the stalking attack would have been seen and could have been stopped even before the first shot was fired.
    In the school killings, any school killing, the killer can kill and maim for minutes without any effective opposing force.
    Even if the killer had only a Bowie knife with a blade that was designed 200 years ago to be a deadly weapon, the most effective weapon before the first Colt revolver, could kill more than 20 children and a half dozen women.
    But the reason for the proposed assault weapons bans is simple. Arms allow the citizens to retain power in and over a runaway government. Using the made-up term, assault weapon serves to muddy the issue.
    The so-called assault weapon is exactly what the Second Amendment was intended as the arms to be protected.
    In the United States, gun control is pushed by and in big cities, where most people only have a connection with firearms in the hands of criminals or the holsters of police.
    The so-called Gun Free Zone is a false promise, they should be called Unarmed Victim Zones and have a warning, Enter at your own risk, Police Help is 20 minutes away.
    If you are peacefully in your own home and a gang invades your home, would you want your gun with a single shot or a 30 round magazine?

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