And, of course, mandatory background checks would have done NOTHING to prevent Sandy Hook, since the guns were bought by the shooter's mother, who was legal and passed all the background checks. It's disappointing and alarming to see that a significant portion of our population just can't understand that you cannot 100 percent legislate away the possibility that somebody may murder someone else.
Oh, I agree, and would even go so far as to suggest that if we punished violent criminals and treated mental illness appropriately, background checks in general wouldn't be necessary. but amongst low-to-moderate information voters, universal background checks seems more "reasonable" and thus an easier pill to swallow than gun and magazine bans which more obivously punish the law abiding.
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