NY Senators Recommend Gun Control Measures to Veep

Sunday, January 06, 2013

Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand (azipaybarah/flickr)

As Vice President Joe Biden considers recommendations to curb gun violence, New York's two U.S. Senators are weighing in.

In a letter to fellow Democrat Biden released Sunday, Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand are advocating legislation designed to crack down on gun trafficking and tighten background checks.

During a Sunday press conference Gillibrand said, "Keeping our children safe from the scourge of gun violence is not a Democratic or Republican principle. It's not a pro-gun principle or an anti-gun principle. This is an issue that all Americans support."

The Senators argue for a bill that would make it illegal to traffic or assist in the trafficking of a firearm.

"85 to 90 per cent of our guns that are used in crimes come from out of state," Schumer said. "They don't come randomly. They come from states with lax gun laws where just about anybody can buy a gun."

Schumer and Gillibrand also want to see a bill that would requiring states to send records on felons, drug abusers, and the seriously mentally to the federal system for background checks on gun buyers.

Last month, Vice President Biden was put in charge of a task force to offer recommendations after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, which killed 26 people, including 20 children.


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Malcolm- no one is mentioning prohibition on guns here. This press conference was about making it more difficult for criminals and the mentally ill to get guns through legal channels. I hope you stand with the overwhelming majority of Americans (including most gun owners) who support that.

Jan. 07 2013 02:30 PM
Malcolm Kyle from TEXAS

The National Firearms Act of 1934 was actually a direct response to the acute rise in prohibition (1919-33) engendered gun violence.


The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada recently reviewed 15 studies that evaluated the association between violence and drug law enforcement. "Our findings suggest that increasing drug law enforcement is unlikely to reduce drug market violence. Instead, the existing evidence base suggests that gun violence and high homicide rates may be an inevitable consequence of drug prohibition and that disrupting drug markets can paradoxically increase violence."

Prohibition has diverted police resources away from other law enforcement activities, with the result that violent crimes and crimes against property have been higher than they would otherwise have been. To the extent that communities divert law enforcement resources from violent crimes to illegal drug offenses, the risk of punishment for engaging in violent crimes is reduced.

During alcohol prohibition, all profits went to enrich criminals and corrupt politicians. Young men died every day on inner-city streets while battling over turf. A fortune was wasted on enforcement that could have gone on education, etc. On top of the budget-busting prosecution and incarceration costs, billions in taxes were lost. Finally, the economy collapsed. Sound familiar?

Prohibitionists, and their gun-control criminal friends who live in a crack-house called Congress, are having a ball and it's all on our tab.

Jan. 07 2013 11:45 AM

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