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Dick Durbin vs. the NRA

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From NBC Chicago:

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Sen. Dick Durbin wrote an Op-ed for today’s Chicago Tribune, calling for new gun regulations after Friday’s murder of 20 children at a grade school in Connecticut. Writes Durbin:

We must institute reasonable, common-sense limits, such as barring those with a history of mental instability, those with a history of violent crime or adjudged dangerous and subject to restraining orders, and those whose names have been placed on a terrorist watch list from owning weapons.

And those “straw purchasers” who are literally fencing for drug gangs as well as the gun dealers who look the other way must be dealt with firmly.

Certain classes of weapons that are strictly military and have no useful purpose in sport, hunting or self-defense should not be legally sold.

Magazine clips with more than 10 rounds should be prohibited from civilian use.

No one should be allowed to purchase more than two firearms a month.

And those who own firearms that are within the reach of children should have protective locks on their weapons.

What holds us back are political organizations that are well-funded, well-organized and determined to resist even reasonable limitations. There is a close political parallel between the gridlock in Washington on dealing with our economy and national debt and the eerie silence in Congress as the list of horrific gun crimes grows by the day.

That “well-funded, well-organized” political organization is the National Rifle Association, no ally of Durbin’s. In 1994, as a congressman representing Central Illinois, Durbin voted in favor of the assault weapons ban. As a senator, he has an “F” rating from the NRA, for these votes, among others:

1. No on allowing firearms in checked baggage on Amtrak trains. (Bill passed, 63-35.)
2. No on prohibiting lawsuits against gun manufacturers. (Bill passed, 65-31.)
3. Yes on background checks at gun shows. (50-50 tie broken in bill’s favor by Vice President Al Gore.)
4. No on tabling an amendment making it unlawful for manufacturers to sell handguns without trigger locks. (Motion passed, 61-39.)

As a congressman running for re-election in 2008, Sen. Mark Kirk also earned an F from the NRA, making him the only Illinois Republican to receive less than A-. Kirk was not in Congress in 1994, but his mentor, John Porter, on whose staff he once served, was one of the few Republicans to vote for the assault weapons ban.


  • Anonymous

    Stricter gun laws will not help in any way! There will always be a way for people to get guns, legally or not. I am a gun owner, and I will not give up my right to bear arms to protect my home and family. I believe that evil will always find a way, we just have to watch harder for it. We can make promises that this will never happen again, but they are empty promises. Todays kids are subjected to violence, blood and guns daily, that is what we should focus on. Any parent knows that their kids are upset, not communicating, or a list of other signs, let’s promise to watch our kids closer. Talk to them, let them no that this is not acceptable behavior. Just do something for them. This world has come to the point that our kids are being given computers, games and other things instead of the parents taking an active role in a kids life.

  • http://facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001560535437 Richard Messenger

    I vote for term limits for congress, Supreme court elected by all the people every 4 years.

  • wheels

    So far as I can see the governments prohibiting of anything has made the use or of availability of that item skyrocket. Look what happened with alcohol. The war on drugs is a lost cause.
    Although there use has not yet been put on an “illegal to have in your possession list”, the States that have put a large tax on each pack of cigaretts sold are seeing an influx of black market smokes from States with very low taxes per pack in a black market basis. What do you think will happen with more gun laws or an outright abolishment of privately owned firearms. It will only create a larger black market for weapons. To make it simple for some of you to understand, there is already a black market for weapons created by convicted felons that are not (by law) allowed to have a gun in their possesion. But somehow many do have them. Also, many of the street punks are also owners of a gun. They don’t want the police to be aware of the fact that they are in possession. Now add to that the need for protective firearms for law abiding citizens and whala. Washington just created a market for weapons that will dwarf the drug market! NO MAN IN HIS RIGHT MIND WOULD FACE THIS GOVERNMENT UNARMED……….PERIOD! Plus I believe the nobama administration is hoping that civil unrest will break out and I for one will not let my family face it unarmed.