Statements about Guns

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."

Polls show that Americans "overwhelmingly" support "expanding background checks."  

Says President Barack Obama "has allowed, each year he's been here, the prosecutions of gun cases (for background check failures) to go down. ... They've declined every year since President Bush left office."

Says a gun bill before the Senate would make it a federal felony to "leave town for more than seven days, and leave someone else at home with your firearms."

Says a gun bill before the Senate "is proposing the universal registration of all firearms and their owners."

"Harvard Study Finds States With Most Gun Laws Have Fewest Gun Deaths."

Air travelers "can’t get on a plane in the United States without someone doing a background check" on them.

Says in Chicago, "we take more guns off the streets than New York or L.A."

The city of Nelson, Ga., is "quieter than Mayberry."

Says 90 percent of Americans and 74 percent of National Rifle Association members support background checks of gun purchasers.

Says "94 percent of (Marco Rubio's) constituents support a universal background check."

"In 2011 alone, 269 New Jerseyans were killed by gun violence."

Says New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg says "we can only have three bullets" and "the NRA wants firearms with nukes on them."

"If you go back to 1999, Wayne LaPierre testified on behalf of the NRA that background checks were appropriate and should be done."

Says of 80,000 people who were denied a firearm in 2012 due to a failed background check, only 44 were prosecuted.

Says Virginia, Florida and Georgia are the three states that are the principal source for gun trafficking.

U.S. Rep. Scott Rigell "wants gun owners in a federal registration system."

Georgia has the most lax gun laws in the nation.

"More than 80 percent of Americans believe we need to have universal background checks."

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