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4/23/2013 12:41:00 PM
Letter: Courageous act by Sen. McCain


Thank you Senator McCain for taking a stance for 90 percent of Arizonans who want expanded background checks and against the NRA and the gun manufacturers they represent who want to sell more guns.

It was a courageous act and one that I will remember at the polls. Shame on you Senator Flake for flaking out on the will of the people, your true constituents, in favor of the gun companies whose only desire is to maximize their profits.

You can pretend that existing laws are sufficient if enforced, as reported to me by your staffer, but in fact more than 40 percent of guns sold today are sold online or at gun shows and are exempt from existing laws requiring background checks.

Teresa Clements


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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, April 27, 2013
Article comment by: itsy bitsy Spider

To the best of my knowledge, Mr. Carson, immediately after the Sandy Hook shootings, before it became common knowledge Connecticut already has extremely strict gun control regulations, 90% of respondents said they favored federal legislation. That figure has since dropped dramatically.

Posted: Thursday, April 25, 2013
Article comment by: Brian Carlson

Where is the 90% coming from? I've tried to find a reliable source. I think 90% is wishful thinking.

Posted: Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Article comment by: Frank Lee Confused

The problem with guns is essentially the same problem we have with alcohol in motor vehicles, box cutters in aircraft, and now with pressure cookers the problem is a very small minority of insane, drunk or radicalized (brainwashed) people.

There is only one foolproof solution: make insane, drunk and brainwashed people illegal.

The next best solution is to fund care and treatment for the mentally ill and make severe penalties for driving or shooting drunk (no matter what Dick Cheney says).

I don't know what we do about the brainwashing.

Posted: Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Article comment by: Nux Man

McCain's courage depends on the moment, and the political gain (remember the Kennedy/McCain bill?).
I, along with a whole lotta other folks, want answers to his actions starting with the USS Forrestal fire,............ he's not called McShame for nothing.

Posted: Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Article comment by: Danny Smith

Actually, The researchers who did the 40% guns sales study have repeatedly asked that their findings stop being misrepresented by the current administration. The 30 year old figures are totally taken out of context. Current studies show a high of around 5% of sales and as low as 1.5% do not go through checks. This information does not fit the lefts agenda so as usual they ignore it. The vast majority of gun show sales involve background checks and all internet sales already require them. The 90% figure was also obtained through loaded and misleading questions on a typical left leaning poll. This is not about guns it is all about control.

Posted: Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Article comment by:

The official roll call shows McCain did indeed vot "YEA" on the sensible Mancin-Tomey gun registration. As usual, the right wings nuts live in a world of trying to make the truth match their own beliefs.

Posted: Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Article comment by: Are you sure?

I think you're a little behind the times. Senator McCain very wisely voted against this counterproductive legislation. Saying you think there should be debate is not the same as saying you agree with the opposition,

Posted: Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Article comment by: Native Arizonian

Ms. Clements,

I for one will not vote for Mccain in the future after he voted for more gun laws and how he is supporting the immigration bill.

A few facts you need to understand about gun purchases. I personally sell guns under a federal firearm license and know the law regarding such.

Under current law you can legally buy a firearm from the internet, like any other product. However the gun must be shipped to a federally licensed dealer and when the gun is picked up a federal background check must be done. You don't pass the check, you don't get the gun! UPS, FEDEX and USPS will not except a gun unless it is shipped to a licensed dealer. So this latest attempt to make people feel better would not have changed a thing.

Most gun shows have licensed dealers and require background checks to be done. Is it possible to sell a gun without a license? Yes. But this could be done in a home, parking lot or any other place that is private and protected under other amendments in the constitution, in which the government has no legal rights to be involved or present.

Please be advised the fight on this gun issue is for the preservation of the second amendment to the constitution and the constitution in whole. If you change or remove the second the first will be next and the constitution no longer stands. This will lead to the fall of freedom, a tyranny of government or the next civil war in this country. If this happens the life you have now will never be the same, insurgency by terrorist groups or hostel nations will be guaranteed and did i mention your right to vote will be gone!

Lets do our homework, understand our history and not believe every poll, news story, article that is placed in font of us.

I just read an article today that was published by Reuters that stated that Boston was going to elect stricter gun laws because the "Boston Bombers" did not have gun permits when they ran in a stolen vehicle, threw bombs and shot at police. Ya that will work! I'm sure terrorists will follow the law.

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