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January 11th, 2013
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Richard Feldman sees progress in gun control discussions with Biden

Vice President Joe Biden will deliver recommendations on gun control to the president on Tuesday after meeting with gun advocacy groups like the NRA and National Shooting Sports Foundation. The one thing they have agreed on is universal background checks. Richard Feldman of the Independent Firearm Owners Association talks to Soledad.

Feldman thinks the discussions are headed in the right direction, “I thought we had a real conversation and it wasn’t just a lecture. We had some different positions on some issues, but really a lot more agreement on many of the multifaceted aspects of the problem than really sometimes come out in the media,” he says.

The conversation was surrounded by civil commitment, penalties for gun running, problems with alcohol, tobacco, and firearms- all components considered in the gun violence discussion. Feldman sees this as progress compared to past attempts to come to a resolution, he says, “If we focus correctly on the problems, we stand a real chance of doing something and having solutions that are going to work. But, if we go back to the bumper stickers of the past and have two sides just yelling past each other and really not talking about the same issue at the same time, then no we are not going to solve anything.”

The NRA said after the meeting, “We were disappointed with how little this meeting had to do with keeping our children safe and how much it had to do with an agenda to attack the second amendment.” However, Feldman says the discussions have everyone on the same page on taking background checks seriously, “Our organization believes strongly that at gun shows there ought to have background checks on the transfer of a firearm at a gun show. Right now, dealers have to make that transfer, but private citizens don’t. […] But, when we talk about universal checks, people may not understand what that means. That means when you give a gun to your child, or to your spouse, or you sell a gun to a friend or a neighbor, there is an important distinction there. You know who you sold the gun to."

The problem isn’t with people who buy guns lawfully. The problem is that there are 500,000 guns stolen every year in this country. The meeting resulted in common ground on one key issue, he says, “Everybody in the room yesterday, NRA included, was all in favor of enhanced penalties for strawman purchases…a lot of agreement in the room yesterday."

Though he is positive about reaching a compromise, Feldman is confident that negotiations must be made. He says, "There will be disagreement on a couple of key issues and that’s why we have a congress and this issue isn’t coming to an end next Tuesday. There will be hearings on the hill and this is going to be a big fight.”

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  2. cabezon

    has biden even spoke with any scholastic leaders? any experts in public safety? SWAT teams?

    this whole this has been a dog and pony show. Straw man purchases are already illegal. How do you make them more illegal?

    Who plans their false flag operations? the info has more holes than Obama and Biden's heads combined

    January 12, 2013 at 9:57 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Mark

    Japan has some of the most strict gun control laws in the world and yet, deranged people will always find a way to carry out their plan. Towards the bottom of this article you see that in June of 2001, a man entered a Japanese elementary school and stabbed to death 8 children with a kitchen knife (I know if was a kitchen knife because I was living in Japan at the time it occurred). No guns involved. Should they outlaw kitchen knives?: 7 Slain In Tokyo Truck, Knife Attack (New York Times), 2008

    TOKYO – A 25-year-old man who told the police he was tired of life went on a killing rampage in a popular shopping street in central Tokyo on Sunday, plowing his truck into a crowd of pedestrians before stabbing passers-by with a survival knife. Seven people died and 11 were injured.

    The attack took place shortly after noon on a street that had been closed to vehicles for the day in Akihabara, the main district for electronics in Tokyo and a magnet for fans of Japanese anime and manga comics.

    The assault, which occurred on the seventh anniversary of a mass stabbing at a Japanese elementary school, was the latest in a series of knife attacks that have stoked fears of rising violent crime in Japan.

    The police identified the attacker as Tomohiro Kato of Shizuoka, just west of Tokyo.

    According to reports in the Japanese news media, Kato told the police that he had grown tired of life, "hated the world," and had gone to Akihabara to kill people.

    "Anyone was OK," he told the police, according to the reports.

    Japanese television showed the police holding Kato on the ground after the attack.

    The police said the attack began around 12:30 p.m., when Kato drove a white, 2-ton rental truck into the street in a zigzag pattern, hitting several people. He then got out of the truck and began yelling and stabbing passers-by, including a police officer.

    Japanese television, displaying images captured on cell phones by witnesses, showed bodies scattered in the area. Six men and one woman, ranging in age from 19 to 74, died, the authorities said.


    Stabbings, once rare in Japan, have become more frequent in recent years.

    •In March, one person was stabbed to death and at least seven others were hurt by a man who went on a slashing spree with two knives outside a shopping mall in eastern Japan.

    •In January, a 16-year-old boy attacked five people in a shopping area, injuring two.

    •On June 8, 2001, a man with a history of mental illness burst into elementary school near Osaka, killing eight children. He was executed in 2004.

    Source: The Associated Press

    January 11, 2013 at 11:32 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • trainwrexxx

      do they have a rampant crime rate? no. attacks will happen, and with no regulation they would happen more and when they did happen they would be worse, besides gun control in the US will not be teh same as gun control in the UK or Japan, we are a different country with a different set of issues and a different constitution to work with

      January 12, 2013 at 10:10 am | Report abuse | Reply

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