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Blumenthal proposes background checks to buy ammunition

By New Haven Register

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., as the first of several bills on gun control, has proposed legislation that would require background checks for anyone buying ammunition, similar to those required for purchasers of firearms.
Blumenthal, in a conference call with the press Tuesday, said "ammunition is the black hole of gun violence prevention."

He said felons, persons with domestic restraining orders, drug addicts, those involuntarily committed to mental institutions, fugitives and undocumented individuals are not allowed to purchase guns or ammunition.

But Blumenthal said they can "load an entire shopping cart with ammunition with no background check." He called his measure "a common sense enforcement tool."

The Ammunition Background Check Act of 2013 also would require that records be kept of the buys and local and state officials informed of a purchase of more than 1,000 rounds within five days time or when a large amount of ammunition is stolen. The record keeping aspect was a requirement from 1968 to 1986.

Andrew Arulanandam, a spokesman for the National Rifle Association, however, said the required record keeping aspect was rescinded in 1986 at the behest of the Treasury Department because "it served no law enforcement purpose."

The National Shooting Sportsman Foundation spokesman Mike Bazinet said it had no comment on the proposal or other gun law changes at this time and referred the press to comments it issued at the time of the Newtown slayings and Obama's visit to the town.

"We listened with careful attention to President Obama's statement from the White House today. Being one of the "stakeholders" he discussed, we would welcome the opportunity at the appropriate time to become part of a full national conversation with all policy makers that has as its goal the improved protection of our children and our communities from future violence," that statement reads.

Blumenthal would also add Teflon coated bullets, as well as incendiary bullets, which are designed to explode on contact, to the list of banned ammunition.

He said the measures are the result of discussions with law enforcement officials, mental health experts and the desires of the families of the 20 children and six teachers slaughtered by Adam Lanza last month when he forced his way into the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.

The worst elementary school massacre ever has been the impetus for a long-stalled discussion on gun control and the country's mental health system.

The senator said persons with gun permits could present that documentation to buy ammunition, while a background check only takes seconds to accomplish for licensed gun dealers. Unlicensed dealers would need to get a federal license or go through a licensed seller.

Blumenthal said more than 100 million background checks have been undertaken with 700,000 persons not allowed to buy a weapon in the past decade, even with the existing loophole that does not require these checks at unlicensed gun shows.

"These numbers show background checks have had an effect" in preventing the wrong individuals from obtaining guns, the senator said.

Blumenthal also favors a return to the ban on assault weapons, limits on high-capacity magazines and better access to mental health treatment, which he promised to help write, but they would be part of separate bills. He said he is working with Democratic U.S. Sen. Diane Feinstein of California and U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer of New York on those measures.

Blumenthal said he has "no pride of authorship" if his proposals were incorporated into President Barack Obama's package that is now being developed with the help of a panel headed by Vice President Joe Biden. Blumenthal said Biden did not endorse his proposal, but he was encouraging.

The senator was asked if he expected sustained pushback from the gun industry, but said he hoped it would support this as a "common sense" measure.

He said the background check can take "30 seconds" or a phone call. He said "the cost is negligible compared to the benefits," referring to the $5 million allotted to sustain the FBI's National Instant Background Check System (NICS).

"I think they will welcome this idea," Blumenthal said of gun dealers who he said "don't want the bad guys buying guns and ammunition."

Blumenthal said he added it to the bill at the request of local and state law enforcement officials who said they could use seller records to solve gun crimes. He said he would talk to Treasury officials about the issue.

The senator said alerting law enforcement to large purchases of ammunition could "enable proactive intervention. Large scale purchases of ammunition are the fuel often driving mass murders."

Blumenthal, who is serving his first term in the U.S. Senate, said he was encouraged by the announcement Tuesday of former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., and her husband, Mark Kelly, that they had formed a political action committee to raise money to support gun control efforts as a balance to the powerful gun lobby

Giffords, who was seriously wounded in a shooting in Tuscon, Ariz. at a meet-and-greet with her constituents in 2011, visited Newtown last week to meet with Blumenthal and others, as well as some of the families of the Newtown victims. Six people were killed in that Arizona mass slaying and a total of 13 wounded.

Blumenthal said it was important to sustain the momentum in the country to take on gun violence prevention now.

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  1. Jota_Comment by Jota_
    January 9, 2013 @ 1:22 pm

    One more law for law bidding citizens to be burdened by and one more law for criminals whom will be burdened by none to ignore

    We already know law biding citizens obey the law and making one more law for them to obey will not change that

    It is those whom will not obey the law and making one more is not going make them say, wait a minute

    If they cannot get ammunition because they failed a background check, they will steal it, and thanks to all the publication of where ammo is likely to be, thanks to the liberals, they have made their job that much easier and everyone else’s life that much more shackled. Not to mention the need now of the government to rob at gun point, in the form of more taxes, to pay for another ineffective law, that only makes liberals feel good

    And if they cannot steal ammo, then they can start up a drug cartel and have the Obama Administration just sell it to them

    It is “We the People” who are the protectors of the state and falling for the belief the state has any power it did not get from the people is trusting in nothing

    The facts overwhelmingly show the less the state restricts the freedom of the people the safer are the people “More guns, Less Crime” John Lott

    The problem is GUN FREE ZONES

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    • nlesnickComment by nlesnick
      January 9, 2013 @ 6:18 pm

      I am afraid with all this media/legislative hype about gun laws we are skipping over the route cause of the problems (the shootings and mass killings). We need to reach people BEFORE they get to the point of wanting to pick up a gun.
      I truly believe that if we were to go back to truly caring and reaching out to others…then people would not be reaching the darkest places in their minds….which drive them to carry out such atrocities. Isn’t it really about how people feel about themselves? Knowing they are cared about and respected?
      I think some gun laws are in orders…but I would like to see much more attention to how we can PREVENT such events. When people want to do harm, they will find other weapons…….Gun laws won’t and can’t stop that. Gun Laws for this is like putting a “bandaid on a sucking chest wound.”
      I don’t know exactly how to go about making such societal reforms….but don’t we owe it to ourselves and our children to try and change the direction we have gone. Let’s encourage our legislators, town leaders, health care providers, teachers, etc…. to explore other/additional ways to stop all this craziness!

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    • Jota_Comment by Jota_
      January 10, 2013 @ 12:26 am

      “I think some gun laws are in orders” – nlesnick

      22,000 gun laws already.

      So I know you are not thinking and 22,000 times before

      With the exception of one, all mass shootings have been in gun free zones

      The problem is not guns but liberals thinking

      Get rid of gun free zones

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    • rzraickComment by rzraick
      January 10, 2013 @ 3:45 am

      nlesnick

      The view you express that “some” gun laws are in order, is a dangerous slippery slope. If you mean gun laws which do not violate the 2nd amendment, then I would like to know what they are. I would support common sense laws designed at keeping guns out of the hands of true criminals and mentally unstable, but even these laws can be subverted and abused by tyrannical power.

      They are already labeling people who exercise their first amendment right to criticize the government as terrorists. It is very easy for a criminal government to write bogus laws to turn anyone into a criminal. And the quack psychologists have name a syndrome for anyone who questions authority.

      Tyrants will use any excuse to disarm the people. This is especially true of Obama who is a Marxist/Leninist. They want power and will use any method to get it. I suggest that the time is past when we can allow tyrants and traitors to strip us of our rights. I think that your comments are from someone who still trusts the government to do the right thing. You can’t make “nice” with tyrants. They do not play by your rules.

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    • nlesnickComment by nlesnick
      January 10, 2013 @ 1:04 pm

      Jota and rzraick,
      I agree with you. My point was that we need to address other factors besides gun laws to stop this nonsense. New gun laws aren’t going to solve this problem.

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  2. sonofthealamoComment by sonofthealamo
    January 9, 2013 @ 2:27 pm

    HEY schumer/feinstien start with better access to mental health treatment in your own street get off the news and look at the nuts in your own backyard

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    • watchman73Comment by watchman73
      January 10, 2013 @ 4:59 pm

      Won’t this be covered under Obamacare?

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  3. jb80538Comment by jb80538
    January 9, 2013 @ 4:04 pm

    Do you think the criminal gets his ammo at a store? NO they steal it when they steal their guns.

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    • pistol packing mamaComment by txgoatlady
      January 10, 2013 @ 2:38 pm

      With ammo prices skyrocketing due to limited availability, we may all have to steal our ammo.

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    • vComment by v
      January 10, 2013 @ 4:12 pm

      This will be the NEW ILLEGAL to be Smuggled into the US!
      The only thing you’ll have to do is ask YOUR LOCAL DRUG DEALER or PIMP … it will however come with a large Price Increase!

      Down here all we have to do is skip across the Border … maybe I’ll go into the illegal ammo business ….. Hey folks obamma has finally found a way to create JOBS for LEGAL US CITIZENS in the USA! I’m getting all excited over nothing He’ll make sure the ILLEGAL ALIENS get these US JOBS too … after all they already have the right contacts!

      Of course HE is already selling ALL Empty US AMMO Casings to China for a substancial financial loss for the US Taxpayer!

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  4. gimmesometruthComment by gimmesometruth
    January 9, 2013 @ 4:06 pm

    This TRUE American hero has ZERO credibility when it comes to anything he has to say about patriotism, or constitutional rights. Obviously he didn’t get a BIG contribution from the gun manufacturers in his state, or else he’s holding a GUN to their heads for future extortion.

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    • drsiqueComment by drsique
      January 9, 2013 @ 4:14 pm

      Eh, Blumenthal is a bloomin’ idiot. Isn’t he the guy who claimed to be a war hero and still managed to get elected? Maybe he’s not the only idiot in Connecticutt.

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    • mhoelzelComment by Miles
      January 9, 2013 @ 4:40 pm

      drsique…Every blue state is filled with idiots. That’s how we got into this mess. Idiot = low information voter who only cares about entertainment TV.

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    • Jota_Comment by Jota_
      January 9, 2013 @ 10:07 pm

      “Eh, Blumenthal is a bloomin’ idiot. Isn’t he the guy who claimed to be a war hero” – drsique

      No

      He did not claim to be a war hero, he out and out lied about serving in Vietnam

      Watch his lips move here
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0h2qKE69Jg

      Obviously, this fraud could not pass a background check and he is now a senator

      But some how we are to imagine a background check will work for ammo, and it only fails in stopping liars from becoming senators

      Which means it will have zero prevention and a 100 percent wasting everyone else’s time and money, but the liberals can feel good and have never done a thing to stop the next one

      Eliminate GUN FREE ZONES

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  5. lwessonComment by lwesson
    January 9, 2013 @ 4:21 pm

    You could have a hundred and 44 bloody dead children for Bloomenthal to stand on top of and shed Crocodile Tears like Obama did. They, the children, are just useful props, that is all!

    This measure, along with all of the other treasonous efforts, like Obama considering “Executive” Dictat at seizing weapons, are aimed at disarming, We the People. Do not delude yourselves for a single moment that there is anything more to this. You cannot achieve total power with a well armed populace.

    If Connecticut Citizens buy into this putrid garbage, then other States should shun such idiots. One of the 13 Colonies that revolted from His Majesty’s Government? Really? Well those very good people are long since dead. Replaced with slaves? Humm? Subjects? Imbeciles? When did treason become so fashionable?

    Well Dick, when did it?

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    • brucedeitrickpriceComment by brucedeitrickprice
      January 9, 2013 @ 5:08 pm

      Look more closely. Obama did not actually shed any tears. He pretended to wipe away something from the outside of his eye. Tear ducts are on the inside, by the nose.

      That’s the most remarkable feature of the Sandy Hook event. Nobody that day or the next actually shed a tear. Some were smiling. If you haven’t watched the Robbie Parker videos, please do. Make sure it starts with him coming out to porch. He’s smiling.

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    • CharlieComment by vietnamvet
      January 9, 2013 @ 6:32 pm

      Not only is Robbie Parker smiling before he dons his ‘sad face’ and begins to emote about his dead daughter … that same daughter was photographed sitting on Obama’s knee TWO DAYS LATER!

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  6. tr086836Comment by tr086836
    January 9, 2013 @ 4:29 pm

    Why is ti that the Liberals always seek to punish the law abiding citizen when a criminal commits a crime. Is Mr. Blumenthal so stupid that he thinks a criminal is going to register his ammo purchases?

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    • truckmanComment by truckman
      January 9, 2013 @ 6:48 pm

      It’s just a “feel good” move for the stupid Liberals,shows he’s doing something for THEM.

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    • mach37Comment by mach37
      January 10, 2013 @ 4:31 am

      truckman got it right – almost everything Liberals do is based on “Feel good” instead of facts, logic and reason. They probably do actually have good intentions, but no inkling of the cost to the citizens for their “high.”

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  7. rzraickComment by rzraick
    January 9, 2013 @ 4:47 pm

    Treason again. Big surprize.

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  8. DudleyComment by Dudley
    January 9, 2013 @ 4:47 pm

    “Blumenthal said more than 100 million background checks have been undertaken with 700,000 persons not allowed to buy a weapon in the past decade, even with the existing loophole that does not require these checks at unlicensed gun shows.

    “These numbers show background checks have had an effect” in preventing the wrong individuals from obtaining guns, the senator said.”

    Really? That works out to 1.4% of purchasers. How effective is that based on a cost ratio? These people are over the edge.

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  9. bobComment by bob
    January 9, 2013 @ 5:01 pm

    There is a charge for each firearm transaction, you can bet there will be one for each ammo purchase too.

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    • nostepComment by nostep
      January 9, 2013 @ 10:28 pm

      Yeah… I can see a 3day wait for the “instant” background check with a $45 fee just to buy 2 bricks on .22 long rifle ammo for $40. See almost no inconvenience at all!

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  10. brucedeitrickpriceComment by brucedeitrickprice
    January 9, 2013 @ 5:01 pm

    Republicans need to focus on the Sandy Hook situation. Massive discrepancies. Get your best legal minds to look at this.

    Now, if there is a hoax taking place, then how is this possible without cooperation at the top? Which takes us back to Blumenthal, for example.

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  11. vComment by v
    January 9, 2013 @ 6:34 pm

    What we need is thorough extensive background-financial-school-associates-passport/Travel-social security appl-draft reg appl-drivers license app-criminal-employment checks and verification as well as mental health verification of EVERYONE RUNNING for ELECTED-APPOINTED PUBLIC OFFICE!
    Sick of living in a marxist communist socialist nazi facist country!

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    • rzraickComment by rzraick
      January 10, 2013 @ 4:15 am

      I don’t like it either. I think you are being sarcastic in you comment. The cure for this “marxist communist socialist nazi facist country!” is certainly not more government regulations.

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    • vComment by v
      January 10, 2013 @ 4:30 pm

      Rzraick
      Where do you see sarcasm???
      We are in this mess because we have allowed people to be elected that are NOT LEGAL NATURAL BORN US CITIZENS and we haven’t a clue Who/What they really are and what their Agenda is for the US!
      We now have members of the muslim radical org being appointed to the HIGHEST SECURITY Positions in the US … without Background Checks!
      YES! There a LOT of NEW Laws that We Need and then We Need to resind several thound BS Regulations and Laws!

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    • rzraickComment by rzraick
      January 11, 2013 @ 11:07 pm

      Hi v,
      Perhaps you are not being sarcastic so I will comment on why I thought that. It is my view that we have too much government. And you are free to disagree, of course, but we need fewer laws, not more.

      The only laws we need are in the Constitution and in the Bill of rights. Any other laws should flow from this. The role of government is not to regulate every aspect of our lives. The role of government is to protect our rights.

      These rights do not come from government, and their only role is to protect them, not to grant them or to limit them.

      Asking for more laws is asking for less freedom. I do not think that looking to government to solve every problem is wise.

      I think that most of the problems we face is because of government. I would like to see far fewer laws, and much more limited government.

      I know that there are those who would disagree.

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  12. truckmanComment by truckman
    January 9, 2013 @ 6:40 pm

    What possible good would THAT background check do? I passed a background check to buy my last gun,I’d pass the one for ammo. No big deal. Now-if they think I’ll PAY for each background check,there’s gonna be a problem.

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  13. kattekerComment by katteker
    January 9, 2013 @ 8:51 pm

    So they will register all gun owners addresses this way!

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  14. willyrhoComment by willyrho
    January 9, 2013 @ 9:14 pm

    The Objective of the DemoNaziCommieCrats is to put as many obstacles before the American People that makes it unpleasant to buy and use firearms. And to make a case that anyone who has and uses firearms is a Neanderthal. Give the Liberty Lovers a hard time until they don’t think it is worthe the effort to keep trying to obtain and use guns. In the meantime they collect enough data on the people with guns to make a list of owners like they did in many other countries before ours. In those countries, the bad guys took over or the enemy next door made war and took over their country. The OLD Government had these lists of gunowners. So, the conquering country went around and picked up all of the guns. Of course, anyone who could not produce the listed gun was summarily executed in front of his family, or they executed his family in front of him. You never can tell what those EVIL DemoNaziCommieCrats will do. This has happened about 20 times.

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  15. jstealeComment by jsteale
    January 9, 2013 @ 11:25 pm

    Blumenthal is proving himself a certifiable idiot with some of his comments. Background checks take 30 seconds? Yeah sometimes and only because guns are expensive and not all that many are purchased in one day compared to cartridges. If every sale of ammo has to go though the NICS check it is going to be backed up for weeks and guess what, if someone goes through NICS to buy a gun and they don’t get an answer in 7 days the sale can go through. You would have a lot guns being bought without the background check even being done due to the backlog of ammo checks. Secondly, he wants reporting of large purchases of ammo? How many rounds did Lanza need? 100 rounds was about 4 times what he needed and he stole the guns and the ammunition he used anyway.
    None of Blumenthals ideas would have any effect on mass shootings at all; but I guess that is the point isn’t it. He just wants to punish and restrict gun owners who are going to shoot up any schools or malls.
    Thirdly, cartridges are so simple to make yourself. We are not talking about building a rocket ship! A simple tool to make your own ammunition can be bought for about $20. It would take anyone about 2-3 hours to make 100 rifle cartridges in this fashion. Criminals do not use large quantities of ammo. Only in the movies do criminals shoot off thousands of rounds of ammo in the commission of their crimes. It is pretty obvious that Blumenthal is doing his research on the subject of gun crime by watching Hollywood movies! As I said, Certifiable Idiot. He reminds of that Georgia Congressman that didn’t want to send more troops to Guam because it is an island and he was worried that it might tip over! ***?????

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  16. pretzeldudeComment by pretzeldude
    January 10, 2013 @ 12:56 am

    You Democraps have lost your MINDS. Oh by the way a guy in Palm Beach County Florida killed his mother yesterday with a steak knife.
    WILL SOMEONE PLEASE DRAFT A BILL TO OUTLAW STEAK KNIVES OR AT THE VERY LEAST REQUIRE A BACKGROUND CHECK BEFORE WE ARE ALLOWED TO PURCHASE STEAK KNIVES. LOL
    Dumbass Democraps.

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    • bobComment by bob
      January 10, 2013 @ 3:45 am

      http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/4581871.stm

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    • bobComment by bob
      January 10, 2013 @ 3:47 am

      http://www.theblaze.com/stories/al-sharpton-next-up-knife-control/

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    • mach37Comment by mach37
      January 10, 2013 @ 4:45 am

      bob, it would help to give a brief description of what we are going to see at the URLs you provided. The bbc URL in particular gave no clue.

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  17. dr53Comment by dr53
    January 10, 2013 @ 5:47 am

    Don’t try using your Bank of Ammerica visa to buy Ammo . It will be refused. Obama now has controll of the bank too.

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    • watchman73Comment by watchman73
      January 10, 2013 @ 5:03 pm

      Makes me even more glad I switched banks.

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  18. teapartyproudComment by teapartyproud
    January 10, 2013 @ 5:54 am

    The bank of Anti-America also gives credit cards to illegal aliens with no driver’s license or SS#. You try getting one that way and see what happens.

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  19. bobComment by bob
    January 10, 2013 @ 2:03 pm

    Candidate’s Words on Vietnam Service Differ From History

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/18/nyregion/18blumenthal.html?pagewanted=all

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  20. watchman73Comment by watchman73
    January 10, 2013 @ 5:02 pm

    What we need are background checks on candidates for any political office. Also they should be required to pass an oral exam on the U.S. Constitution to get their name on the ballot.

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    • mach37Comment by mach37
      January 10, 2013 @ 5:38 pm

      This should be required of ALL candidates for political office, including for President. And the results of the test should be made public. If it is an oral test, put it on YouTube. The questions MUST NOT be loaded, the way the White House press corps loads questions to favor Obama.

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    • rzraickComment by rzraick
      January 11, 2013 @ 11:18 pm

      I do not think that those who betray the people and commit treason by breaking their oaths of office do so because they do not know or understand the Constitution.

      I think there treason is intentional, the result of their own beliefs which are anti American, and motivated by their desire for power and control.

      It would be a good idea to make sure they understand the Constitution, but it will not stop those who are traitors.

      Only we can stop them. We must no longer be complacent when treason is commited.

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  21. watchman73Comment by watchman73
    January 10, 2013 @ 5:07 pm

    “He (Blumenthal)said felons, persons with domestic restraining orders, drug addicts, those involuntarily committed to mental institutions, fugitives and undocumented individuals are not allowed to purchase guns or ammunition.”

    But Blumenthal said they can “load an entire shopping cart with ammunition with no background check.”

    First they can’t buy ammunition, then they can “load up a shopping cart….”

    This flannel-mouth can’t even keep his own bias straight.

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  22. bobComment by bob
    January 10, 2013 @ 5:15 pm

    One of the problems with the existing background check system is the failure of more than a few, mostly “blue”, states, to provide current arrest and conviction records to the FBI.

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  23. bobComment by bob
    January 12, 2013 @ 10:39 am

    Who gets to decide what “common sense” is?

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  24. mach37Comment by mach37
    January 12, 2013 @ 2:13 pm

    Another politician trying to look busy, and get his name published.

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