NRA Lashes Out Against Background Check Compromise

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It looks like Congress might actually vote on some safety measures for guns, although assault weapons and large magazines are still dead-in-the-water.  It looks like background checks are the only possiblity, and while its passage is a no-brainer, and yields 90% support in the country, you just KNOW the NRA isn't going to like it.

And here's the NRA statement:

Expanding background checks at gun shows will not prevent the next shooting, will not solve violent crime and will not keep our kids safe in schools. While the overwhelming rejection of President Obama and Mayor Bloomberg's "universal" background check agenda is a positive development, we have a broken mental health system that is not going to be fixed with more background checks at gun shows. The sad truth is that no background check would have prevented the tragedies in Newtown, Aurora or Tucson. We need a serious and meaningful solution that addresses crime in cities like Chicago, addresses mental health deficiencies, while at the same time protecting the rights of those of us who are not a danger to anyone. President Obama should be as committed to dealing with the gang problem that is tormenting honest people in his hometown as he is to blaming law-abiding gun owners for the acts of psychopathic murderers.

Dear NRA, no one single thing is going to prevent all shootings, unless it is a total ban on all guns.  You don't want to go there, so stop using "won't prevent the next shooting" as a litmus test.