Monday, April 8, 2013

A Public Service Announcement In Cooperation With This Blog

Senate Action on Gun Bills this Week 
Dear NRA Member:

The U.S. Senate is set to act on anti-gun legislation as early as this week. These proposals are the latest attempt by anti-gun Senators to erode our Second Amendment rights by making it illegal for law-abiding gun owners to transfer firearms without the federal government’s approval; and by banning commonly owned semi-automatic rifles and magazines, to name a few. Unfortunately, none of these proposals address the critical issues of fixing our broken mental health system; securing our schools; or prosecuting violent criminals.

However, there is a proposal worthy of gun owners' support. Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Mark Begich (D-AK) have introduced S. 480, the "NICS Reporting Improvement Act of 2013", which will provide accurate definitions of persons who pose serious threats to themselves or others and therefore should be prohibited from purchasing or possessing firearms, while protecting the rights of those who should not be included in NICS. Further, this legislation will protect the rights of America's veterans, by no longer allowing their Second Amendment freedoms to be denied based on an administrative finding that a person requires appointment of a representative to mange his financial affairs.

The NRA fully supports Senators Graham and Begich's important legislation.

The time is now. Please contact your U.S. Senators today, let them know you are a NRA member and encourage them to support S. 480 and to oppose all anti-gun legislation.

You can contact your U.S. Senators at 202-224-3121.

- National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action
I am not familiar with S. 480; I can tell you that based on the research that I am finishing up right now on the effects of state mandatory firearms background checks on murder rates, the evidence suggests that they are at least ineffective.  There is a stronger statistical argument that they increase murder rates than decrease them, although the most that I can say with any certainty is that they don't do much at all.

1 comment:

  1. Unfortunately my Senators are Patty Murry and Maria Cantwell. I don't think I could convince them of anything in line with my views.