Thursday, June 14, 2007

Ron Paul votes to allow nut-burgers to buy guns

Acting in the wake of the Virginia Tech shootings the US house of Representatives closed the background check loophole that allowed the perpetrator to purchase his weapon. Only Ron Paul (R-TX)and a longshot Republican Presidential candidate voted against its passage.

WASHINGTON — The House on Wednesday passed what could become the first significant gun legislation in a decade, directing states to streamline the system for keeping track of criminals, mental patients and others barred from buying firearms, and providing $250 million a year for the central database and grants to states to contribute to it.

The bill, which was passed by acclamation, was the product of rare cooperation between gun-control advocates and the National Rifle Assn. It is intended to address problems highlighted by the April 16 mass shooting at Virginia Tech by a student with a history of mental health problems.


The House acted after a parade of legislators from both parties praised the legislation. Only Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), a presidential candidate, spoke out against the bill, calling it "flagrantly unconstitutional" for undermining the 2nd Amendment right to bear arms as well as a violation of privacy rights of those whose medical records go into the FBI database.
source: LA Times

I am a strong supporter of the 2nd Amendment but just like I don't want violent felons owning weapons I don't want an unstable individual to have one. This bill makes sense to me.

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