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Bridget Johnson

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April 11, 2013 - 8:28 am

Connecticut’s senators say they’ll accept the background check compromise of Sens. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Joe Manchin (D-W-Va.) as “a good starting point” for the broader gun-control legislation they seek.

Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) gathered families of Newtown in the gallery for the cloture vote to move forward the gun-control debate.

“We’re glad our colleagues forged a reasonable compromise on expanding background checks for gun purchases. We continue to support and will continue to work toward a truly universal background check system, but this bipartisan compromise represents significant progress, because it is a major improvement over current law, and will make sure that a lot fewer criminals get their hands on guns. It will make our streets and our schools safer,” they said.

“On the morning of December 14th, we pledged that we would do everything we could to make sure that more parents wouldn’t have to bury their children because of preventable gun violence. Expanded background checks are only part of a much bigger comprehensive solution to this problem, but this compromise is a good starting point for next week’s debate on a broader gun violence bill,” Blumenthal and Murphy continued.

“This proposal moves us forward, putting us one step closer to passing a strong package of common sense gun reform that will save lives.”

Blumenthal and Murphy began the day on the Senate floor talking about Newtown.

Bridget Johnson is a career journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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"...this bipartisan compromise represents significant progress, because it is a major improvement over current law, and will make sure that a lot fewer criminals get their hands on guns. It will make our streets and our schools safer".

No, it won't, and no, it isn't. This bill would not have prevented the Newtown tragedy, and they all know it. Background checks are for people who take the trouble to comply with the law; serious criminals ignore such things and buy their guns on the street (or steal them).

My hat's off to the Connecticut Democrats, however, for letting us know where they truly stand. They support a "universal background check system" -- run, no doubt, by the government that can't keep our medical records secure. (In fact, let's have a little thought experiment. Chicago does not allow concealed carry of any sort, and they had over 500 murders last year. How would a universal background-check system have helped there? Nobody was being approved anyway.)

There are solutions to the problems of violent criminals with guns. But new laws are not the answer; the criminals will disobey them too.
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It's impossible to reason with people who truly believe that the only people who should own guns are their body guards.

I live in the northeast and believe me the anxiety that gun owners have about accidentally or unintentionally breaking the law just got ten times worse. It's awful.
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