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Conn. Mother Seeks to Close PA Gun Loophole
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Quote:Conn. Mother Seeks to Close PA Gun Loophole

HARRISBURG - On a scorching summer morning in a state known for its staunch defense of the Second Amendment, the mother of one of the victims in last year's shooting at a Connecticut school came to the Capitol to talk about gun laws.

Francine Lobis Wheeler, whose 6-year-old son was among 20 first graders killed at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown in December, said she came not as an expert on policy or law, but as a mother with a credential no parent wants: "I have lost a child to gun violence."

When her testimony ended, there was not a dry eye in the room.

Wheeler, who grew up in Bucks County, asked legislators to end an exemption in Pennsylvania law that lets someone buy a rifle in a private sale - say, online - without undergoing a background check.

"I think we all agree that expanding background checks will not eliminate all crime," she said, choking back tears. "The assault weapon that was used to kill my Ben, for example, was purchased legally, by the shooter's mother after a background check."

"But," she said, "if we are looking only to take steps that will stop all gun crimes, we set the bar for action too high. We know that background checks prevent convicted felons or mentally ill from buying guns."

The hearing before the House Judiciary Committee was billed as an informational session rather than a debate on a specific bill. But State Rep. Steve Santarsiero (D., Bucks) introduced legislation this year to expand background checks in the state to include purchases of long guns, including assault rifles, conducted in private sales.

Santarsiero said Wednesday that he had been unable to get a hearing on his bill in the committee. He said its chairman, Rep. Ron Marsico (R, Dauphin), had not committed to holding one.

Existing federal law requires licensed gun dealers to do background checks on buyers in any type of firearms purchase, but it does not cover gun shows. Pennsylvania law goes further, requiring anyone selling handguns to perform background checks - but it exempts sales of long guns.

Advocates for changing the law contend this exemption has allowed a proliferation of unregulated sales of long guns, especially on the Internet.

Santarsiero on Wednesday argued that changing the law to remove the exemption is "an appropriate place to begin."

He predicted that if the measure were to ever reach the floor of the Republican-controlled House, members would pass it - notwithstanding the legislature's traditional resistance to enacting gun limits.

John Hohenwarter of the National Rifle Association, whose group is against expanding the background-check system to include long guns, testified Wednesday that rifles and shotguns are involved in only about 4 percent of Pennsylvania homicides.

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I'm sorry for her loss, but the bolded and underlined statement in the story pretty much sums everything up.
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Philadelphia Patriot;111291 Wrote:I'm sorry for her loss, but the bolded and underlined statement in the story pretty much sums everything up.

^^^^ You've got it.

Wake up anti's. Bad people getting guns is out of all our control. They will find a way. Good guys don't knowingly sell guns to bad guys. Bad guys, are not likely to try to buy a gun from a good guy. Bad guy is going to either get the gun legally, before he is labeled by the system as bad guy, or he's going to go get a gun from another bad guy.

Don't waste your time and energy on futile efforts! We will still cry with you about your loss. We want our children to be protected and have a chance to survive the day they come in contact with bad guy. Bad guy doesn't need a gun to do bad things. WE NEED the ability to stop bad guy. No one had the means to stop Adam Lanza (had access to guns due to bad parenting), Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold (purchased guns illegally via straw purchase), Seung-Hui Cho (purchased guns legally), and the list goes on.

Violence must be met with appropriate force.
LostCyborg, proud to be a member of pa2a.org since Jun 2013.

You wouldn't be able to run as many people over with that car if it didn't drive as far. It should only have a 10 gallon fuel tank.
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Take away another freedom of law abiding PA citizens to purchase guns through private sales because a mother in another state lost their child at the hands of madman on a shooting spree? No thank you Ma'am.
Live Free or Die
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(07-18-2013, 12:25 PM)Jon Doe Wrote: Take away another freedom of law abiding PA citizens to purchase guns through private sales because a mother in another state lost their child at the hands of madman on a shooting spree? No thank you Ma'am.
Otherwise you wind up like MD. Fighting to regain your rights, because you let issues like this continually creep in until your rights were gone! Use it, or lose it, in the meantime, defend it.
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DeadEye, proud to be a member of pa2a.org since Jun 2013.
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So a woman that used to live in PA and moved to Conn. is trying to get PA to change their gun laws? How in the hell did she even get a say in front of a committee? She doesn't live and vote here anymore.

I'm sorry for her loss, but I think she needs to go back to Conn.
NRA (Life), GOA, FOAC (Life), NAGR, AMGOA

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Francine Lobis-Wheeler is an ACTRESS




It's the "BILL OF RIGHTS" not the bill of "needs"
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middlefinger;111313 Wrote:



Francine Lobis-Wheeler is an ACTRESS





And soooo.... Because she's an actress she is pretending?

The problem with conspiracy theories like this, is that the more people that are obviously involved, the less likely it is that it won't either be revealed to be a conspiracy, because someone is going to talk, or because the idea that its a conspiracy is completely made up by paranoid delusional people.

I'll admit, there are a lot of crazy circumstances around Sandy Hook and have had my suspicions, but the truth remains a bunch of children and some school staff were murdered.

There is enough treasonous activity going on right in front of our faces, that a conspiracy around Sandy Hook is honestly the least of our concerns.

My condolences to those impacted by this incident. We all should actively pursue changes in our society to make a difference and make our children safer.
LostCyborg, proud to be a member of pa2a.org since Jun 2013.

You wouldn't be able to run as many people over with that car if it didn't drive as far. It should only have a 10 gallon fuel tank.
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What a ConnT.

That is how you spell it. Right?
This will be the best security for maintaining our liberties. A nation of well-informed men who have been taught to know and prize the rights which God has given them cannot be enslaved. It is in the religion of ignorance that tyranny begins. -Ben Franklin
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Connal;111344 Wrote:What a ConnT.

That is how you spell it. Right?

The C and the T are correct, but it's missing something in between.
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Tomorrows headline should read:
"PA seeks to close Conn. Mom's piehole"
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