Statements about Guns
"When I was growing up as a kid in the city of Milwaukee, if we averaged 4 homicides a year in the entire city that was a record number."
"In 1999, the NRA leadership in Washington, pretty much the same people intact, were for (expanded background checks.)"
"There are over 2,000 crimes recorded per 100,000 population in the U.K.," compared to "466 violent crimes per 100,000" in the United States.
"Since Newtown, more people have died at the end of a gun than we have lost in Afghanistan."
The National Rifle Association was "founded by religious leaders who wanted to protect freed slaves from the Ku Klux Klan."
"The UK has an unarmed police force and a firearm fatality rate that is 40 times lower per capita than in the U.S."
A law that mandates fingerprinting for gun purchasers is "a requirement that's reduced gun crimes in the five states where it's the law."
Says Kelly Ayotte voted to "fix background checks."
"In 2010, everybody said you can't dare let guns go into the national parks, and of course the rapes, murders, robberies and assaults are down about 85 percent since we did that."
Proposed gun control legislation "will outlaw practically every firearm, make you pay $100 per firearm, put you into a police database" and make it "nearly impossible" to get a permit to carry a concealed weapon.
"If you are a federally licensed gun dealer and your license is revoked because you've engaged in misconduct ... your entire inventory under prevailing law is deemed your personal collection. You then can sell it free from any background checks."
Federal prosecutions for lying on background checks to buy guns are "down 40 percent" under President Barack Obama.
On allowing a vote on universal gun background checks in the U.S. Senate.
Right now, if Rhode Island police come across a young person with a gun, "they really don't legally have the right to take it away from them."
"No poll done this year ... shows less than a majority to reinstate a federal ban on assault weapons."
If an individual is determined "to commit suicide, the availability of a gun is not a factor" because they will find a way.
A "wide majority of NRA households ... supported this legislation" on gun background checks.
A bipartisan background check amendment "outlawed any (gun) registry. Plain and simple, right there in the text."
The Manchin-Toomey amendment "would have criminalized certain private transfers of firearms between honest citizens, requiring lifelong friends, neighbors and some family members" to get government approval.
"The NRA used to support expanded background checks."
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