Background checks for gun purchases make sense
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Federal legislators were already heeding the cries for more common sense gun control. Some, such as r.S. Sen. Bob Casey, Pa., had changed their stance on the need for gun control reform shortly after aec. 14, 2012. That’s when 20-yearoOG $GDP LDnzD oSeneG fiUe wLWh Dn $R-15 VWyOe BuVhPDVWeU VePL-DuWoPDWLF ULfle DnG SuPSeG 150 UounGV LnWo 20 VWuGenWV DnG VLx IDFuOWy DnG VWDII PePbeUV DW 6DnGy HooN (OePenWDUy School, killing them in a matter of minutes before killing himVeOI. He hDG eDUOLeU NLOOeG hLV PoWheU DW hoPe.
In February, Casey noted he was haunted by the fact that the children were shot “with a high-power weapon with very powerful ammunition at close range ... over and over again.”
“That reality sunk into me in ways that I don’t think I’ve ever been affected by a public policy issue before,” he said.
Casey said he was also haunted by a Ts news report that showed Lanza’s likely path inside the school.
“I think the evidence will show … that his intention was to kill every child in that school,” Casey said.
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Last week the coalition began airing a $12 million television ad featuring a gun owner saying that he, like more than 90 percent of Americans, supports comprehensive background checks of persons purchasing guns.
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The coalition, which has more than 900 mayors as members and more than 1.4 million grassroots supporters, has noted that about 40 percent of r.S. gun transfers are conducted by unlicensed private sellers who are not required to conduct federal background checks and often do business at gun shows and on the Internet.
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We applaud the noise members of Mayors Against Illegal Guns are making to bring attention to the need for long-overdue gun control reform, and we will continue making noise about it, right along with them.
Journal Register News Service