I would like to offer my apology for getting you so upset that you felt the need to hang up on me yesterday.
I too had hoped that two people could have a reasonable discussion of the gun control topic… Alas, you and I apparently cannot. Shame, that.
I also wanted to thank you for pointing me to the interview with NRA President Keene on State of the Union. I did watch the video on CNN’s website and discovered that Mr. Keen did say that we MUST get the data into the NICS checks that would stop prohibited buyers from purchasing firearms… And that the NRA has always promulgated the view that certain mentally adjudicated persons should not have access.
I understand your concerns about the face to face sales of firearms requiring background checks. And, in an ideal world, that would be wonderful. But the fact of the matter is, just like requiring tax stamps on drugs, criminals ignore any such law.
While your figure of 40% of firearm sales happening without background checks may be correct, it’s a number that is impossible to determine with any accuracy; simply because no record of the transaction occurs. It is just as likely that a great number of those sales are perfectly legal, between lawful citizens, or in gifting to an heir (or relative or friend), for example.
Thank you for your time. This is an emotionally charged issue and I had so hoped that we would be able to have an unemotionally charged discussion about it. In the end, we may have had to “agree to disagree” and neither one of us may have changed our mind… and still been able to part ways acquaintances, if not friends.
For the record, sir, I am not a member of the NRA or any other gun organization. Any firearms I own would not be affected under a new AWB, save one; a pistol which holds more than 10 rounds in its magazine.