The title of a recently released Fox News article is “Graham digs in to ban mentally ill from guns, as Dems focus on assault weapons” (Web-site/URL: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/03/17/graham-keeps-up-fight-to-ban-mentally-ill-from-guns-as-dems-focus-on-assault/).
“As Senate Democrats push ahead with a proposed ban on ASSAULT WEAPONS and other gun-control legislation, Republicans are still trying to draw attention to what they see as the bigger issue — keeping THE MENTALLY ILL from owning firearms“. THIS IS LEGIT.
“A proposal on the issue was introduced this month by South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, who on Thursday (March 14, 2013) again expressed his interest in getting the measure passed”. .
According to Graham, “I believe that the best way to interrupt the shooter is to have a mental health (evaluation) system that actually records and enters into the database people who should not be able to buy a gun”. Translation: “I believe that the best way to interrupt the shooter is to have a mental health (EVALUATION) system” that WORKS.
“He made his remark while voting AGAINST a bill passed by the committee to ban assault weapons and high-capacity gun magazines”. WHY? These ASSAULT weapons, of course, are exactly what CNN‘s PIERS MORGAN is campaigning against/campaigning so hard to ban.
“Graham’s proposal would require that people found mentally incompetent be added to the National Instant Criminal Background System – the database for all new gun sales”.
“Those added to the list would have to be found incompetent by a federal court or other official body. The proposal is based on a 2005 South Carolina case in which a women pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity for threatening to kill President GEORGE W. BUSH” of whom Graham was AN ALLY. “The woman, Alice Bolan, was later able to legally buy a gun and attempted to shoot somebody earlier this year (2013)”.
Graham went on: “The … case is Exhibit A of A BROKEN SYSTEM“. In POLITICS A LOT OF THINGS are “broken”. “As ASTONISHING as it sounds, that actually happened”.
Finally, according to Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor, “(speaking) IN SUPPORT OF the bill“, “I’m A STRONG SUPPORTER OF Second Amendment rights. That said, it’s evident that our background check system needs some improvements”.
GRAHAM and other REPUBLICANS are talking about preventing guns from getting into the hands of THE INSANE/THE MENTALLY CHALLENGED whereas DEMOCRATS are talking about limiting or banning HIGH-CAPACITY ASSAULT STYLE WEAPONS. Both of these issues are CRITICALLY IMPORTANT so HOPEFULLY we can have SOME KIND/SORT OF AGREEMENT?