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LAWS, REGS, AND BACKGROUND CHECKS WON’T STOP GUN VIOLENCE

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BY DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY, NOV. 13, 2017) — After the most recent in a spate of massacres, this one painted in a Texas church by an ex-Air Force nut job, the usual political responses could be heard echoing throughout the nation’s legislative halls and deliberative bodies. Such haying has come to be expected, but have you noticed that the more politicians make laws to restrict gun ownership, the more these slaughters occur? One might even call it cause and effect, though THE PLANET would be careful before making such a judgment.

Restrictive legislation guns has not stopped the madness but only increased it. Truth be told, politicians pass these laws without popular consent because it gives the illusion they are “doing something,” and that is both enough and never enough to please their progressive core constituents.

There were plenty of laws and systematic checks to prevent Devin Kelley from purchasing the rifle used to butcher a churchfull. Laws and checks, however, fail to work past a certain point of complexity. Simply put, the complicated network of laws and databases that exist among city, state, and federal authorities to prevent gun sales to fruit cases has exceeded the practical human capacity to properly enforce or implement them.

The Texas mass shooting provides a classic case in point.

Authorities simply cannot keep up with the unrelenting requests for background checks required for anyone wishing to purchases firearms.   A convincing case can be made that excessive gun regulation has led to more violence and murders, which in turn causes politicians playing to the cheap seats to enact even more restrictions. In this circular repetition, even more ordinary citizens are attempting to arm themselves for protection, leading to an avalanche of required background checks that is overloading the system.

Last year, the FBI completed 27.5 million background checks, but at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives’ National Tracing Center, “shipping containers and cardboard boxes brimming with unexamined paper purchase records have languished in hallways and in the center’s parking lot … awaiting transfer to an electronic system” (source: USA Today, Nov. 10).

In other words, there aren’t enough human beings to adequately handle the paperwork generated by all the new regs and checks.

Then there’s the problem of human error. All systems work great as designed on the flip chart, but something happens when the system has to translated into the actual world of fallible, mistake-prone, guileful human beings. Things go wrong. Implementation guarantees some level of error.

When Kelley purchased the rifle he used in his assault at the church, no flags were raised, even though he had been court martialed by the Air Force in 2012 and also convicted of attacking his wife and 1-year-old child. The system to report this was in place, but wasn’t implemented. The Air Force didn’t pass the information along to the FBI.

Breakdowns in background checks routinely occur because there aren’t enough humans to do the job properly. The requirements have exceeded the practical limits of implemental ability. Moreover, the FBI’s database depends largely on voluntary submissions. Make the submissions mandatory, and the system gets more overwhelmed.

“Many of the challenges that we have long faced have not gone away, nor will they go away,” said Stephen Morris, former director of the FBI’s West Virginia-based background check facility.

USA Today also points out that National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) “has struggled to keep pace with the volume of firearm transactions and properly maintain the databases of criminal and mental health records necessary to determine whether buyers are eligible to by guns.” This has left the NICS system with a database incomplete, inadequate, outdated, and inaccurate. Officials acknowledge that even the fastest, most elaborate IT setup would not be able to handle the job because of the bad information fed into it.

The problem with gun violence doesn’t lie in the inanimate gun. It lies within the human heart.

In America as elsewhere, we are afraid of freedom, however much we like to brag about loving it.

Pogo was right.

We have met the enemy.

We are it.

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The school committee
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The school committee

Background checks and waiting periods will stop gun violence.Remember the gun does not care how long it waits only the buyer and the seller have a stake in this.All critical thinkers understand waiting periods and checks make sense and seem logical.

Magoo
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Magoo

Shakes
This nut Waited 4years?
Jerk could locked doors and burned church
Evil people kill.
Method is unimportant.

H
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H

Valenti is the best

dusty
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dusty

I read that there are over 300 million guns of all sorts in the hands of Americans. Can you imagine the carnage if a civil war broke out? I am kind of glad my time is short.

Wilson
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Wilson

Don’t worry, the government has enough ordinance to shoot every citizen 1000 times and blow them up 100 times using robots

dusty
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dusty

In a distantly related story in the USA TODAY the Army has greatly lowered its requirements for recruits. They will now be accepting drug users, people who have fared poorly on aptitude tests and some with known mental problems. So exactly what positions do you think these guys might be needed for? Point men? “Go see if that thing over there is a roadside bomb private!” Yep and the draft is not far behind so be nice to your kids because their names may be showing up on a new granite wall in Wash D.C. in the not too distant future.. And unless your dad is a millionaire AND you have bone spurs you need to learn how to salute and walk into gunfire. Read the story in the USA Today if you think I am making this up.

mi
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mi

The problem is right here at home,Pittsfield is not immune to the crap going on all over the Country.

The school committee
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The school committee

The entire city of Pittsfields heating and ventilations system is falling apart and is in emergency care .Imagine the shape of our new high school 10 years out.Mrs Behnke ,Mccandles Cutis and Yon will let this building degrade year after year.Curtis should be in charge of Taconic as he is always calling for cuts in custodial workers and maintaince workers but loves 80k deans of students…..

No Moore
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No Moore

Is it me,or does Sessions and now Moore give you a creepy feeling?

Paul
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Paul

TSC, You’re right, is what Pittsfield does best is spend large amounts of money building things and then never take care of what they build. Needless to say it turns into crap. Next step, rip it down and do it over agine. Seems like groundhog day when living in Pittsfield.

Mr. G
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Mr. G

Dan, your arguement is flawed on its face. You talk about “all the new regs and checks” and ever increasing complexity as if new and more complex gun laws get passed all the time. We all know they do not. New gun laws NEVER get passed on a federal level, and that is what’s necessary here. The last Federal action on guns, aside from the completely empty “thoughts and prayers” issued by every republican legislator every time there is a mass slaughter, was to allow the ban on assault rifles to expire several years ago. The fact that people are too effing lazy to do their jobs and enter data when it happens, like gun shop owners and air force officials, is absolutely no excuse for people dying dozens at a time at the hands of lunatics. It Verizon or Mastercard can track every… Read more »

Mr. G
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Mr. G

In fact, the last federal gun legislation passed was almost 15 years ago, guaranteeing immunity for gun manufacturers and dealers whose weapons are used in commission of a crime. That add to complexity?

LoneGunMan
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LoneGunMan

You want to curb gun violence? Don’t call the police for anything in Pittsfield. You call 911 to help rescue a cat and Wynn will send a 5 town SWAT team to shoot it down.

dusty
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dusty

and it is almost Thanksgiving so if you gots any pet turkeys ya might wanna bring them inside for a few days

h
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And two or three to do traffic control.

Silent Cal
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Silent Cal

fixnics.org

CosbiesLadies
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CosbiesLadies

It has gotten sooooo in the City,that The Planet has to interview the Mayor wearing 3-d glasses.

Silent Cal
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Silent Cal

FEDERALLY LICENSED RETAILERS are required to run a background check through the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS)i when transferring a firearm to an individual. Firearms retailers rely on NICS to ensure the lawful transfer of firearms to law-abiding citizens. About 260 million NICS background checks have been conducted from Nov. 30, 1998 through March 31, 2017; more than 27 million were conducted in 2016 alone. However, a background check is only as good as the records in the database. That is why the firearms industry supports improving the current NICS system by increasing the number of prohibiting records states submit to the FBI databases, helping to prevent illegal transfers of firearms to those who are prohibited from owning firearms under current law. Including these missing records will help ensure more accurate and complete background checks. States must improve the NICS database… Read more »

Levitan
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Levitan

I was never fond of laws written to accommodate those too dangerous to purchase firearms but nonetheless are free to walk amongst us.

The dishonorably discharge d criminal beat an infant, and should have spent his remaining days in prison.

Ron Kitterman
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Ron Kitterman

The flaw to Mr G’s argument is the NRA loves guns. The NRA loves the constitution and the rule of law. 300 million guns out there 12 million illegal immigrants. We can’t rid ourselves of the 12 million undocumented democrats but getting rid of the guns is not going to be a problem ?

Still Not Matt
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Still Not Matt

Undocumented persons and many persons with a legal resident status cannot vote except for very limited municipal elections.

Dustin M
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Dustin M

and in liberal states matt. matt you would prefer all illegal aliens voting because its the only way your communist agenda gets passed

Still Not Matt
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Still Not Matt

Asshole, I am not Matt and I am a registered republican that lives in a red state.

Dustin M
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Dustin M

You are matt and you do not live in a red state and you are not a registered republican

Shakes His Head
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Shakes His Head

You don’t even know me…go back to driving your scooter up and down North Street

Dustin M
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Dustin M

Matt i dont want to know you, you are scum. And a thief

Still Not Matt
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Still Not Matt

Then you are a child molester that craps your pants.

Dustin M
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Dustin M

Poor matt is upset because he was outed, exposed and humiliated

The school committee
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The school committee

Itis believed that legal and illegal ownership of guns is closer to 3/4 of 1 billion and the concern is that certain weapons being sold could wipe out a entire police department of 100 0r 50 men or women in minutes so if you respect your police what is the logical next responsible step about specific gun capabilities.being sold to joe 6 pack.

Mr. G
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Mr. G

1) Make it illegal to sell or possess any automatic or semi-automatic weapon. Period. These weapons are made only to kill people. That’s it. Outlaw them.
2) Make stiff, mandatory penalties for possessing, and even stiffer for selling the above weapons.
3) Enforce those laws, and all the others, with gusto and zeal.
4) Automate the processes for tracking gun purchases and background checks. In today’s world, where every transaction is automated, why are we relying on “hand-entry” of gun transactions and background checks?!?! A simple API would solve a lot of this problem.

Certainly there are a ton of illegal guns on the streets and none of this address that problem. But we have to start somewhere. Millions have dies from LEGALLY purchased guns! We can no longer say “this problem is too hard and complicated.”

Silent Cal
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Silent Cal

There are millions of semiautomatic firearms in civilian use. Statistically very few of the millions are misused . If there only purpose is to kill people they are doing a poor job.

The third leading cause of death in the USA, right after cancer and heart disease is medical mistakes. Maybe we need more doctor control.I’ll

LoneGunMan
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LoneGunMan

By that logic single action weapons (non-semi automatic) are made for purposes other than killing?

Mr. G
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Mr. G

Hunting, target shooting…c’mon now. Your arguments are both disingenuous. By the current prevailing logic we apparently only have 2 choices: 1) Do nothing and wait to be slaughtered as the curve continues to rise exponentially or 2) Arm EVERYBODY and countenance regular shootouts. Neither is a sensible option.

Paul
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Paul

Mr. G, you know nothing about guns and that’s where the problem starts. Dopes making laws about something they know absolutely nothing about and refuse to educate them selves.

Mr. G
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Mr. G

Interesting Paul. I have owned, used, dismantled, cleaned and reassembled guns for almost 50 years now. I am an excellent left-handed shot. Any other misconceptions to which you care to admit?

Spagirl
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Spagirl

It is mindboggling and frustrating that the City of Pittsfield leaders for many many years, have not coordinated and improved a youth Community program that is inclusive and excels. Pittsfield is backwards and broken. Even way back in a day that was simple, there was a Parks program with ice skating, and warming houses that kept youth excited. Why should Pittsfield have a special community program on the West side? Its about absolutely no leadership, no vision period.

dusty
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dusty

Actually I am working on a force field which will surround me everywhere I go and will stop bullets (as well as unwanted sexual advances). It will run off the energy provided by a small solar panel worn on the head.

I expect to have the prototype ready by Christmas and to go into full production mode by New Years day. I already have a lengthy waiting list but am taking deposits for the product as we speak.

It seems quite simple to me that if you cannot stop the proliferation of guns perhaps you might want to focus on stopping the bullets.

And if you order now I will throw in a Mets baseball cap with each order.

Len X Abhorant
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Len X Abhorant

DUSTY,I strongly recommend you apply for a TIF.

Silent Cal
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Silent Cal

This just in. Terrible earthquake in the iran, iraq border. hundreds due thousands injured. Democrats blame BY A and call for more fun control laws.

Shelly Liver
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Shelly Liver

Lately, Tyer has stepped up her game in spite of the garbage recepticals deborah..

Two Cents
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Two Cents

Not hard to step up your game when you haven’t even been on the field yet!!!

mi
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mi

Did I hear Mrs. Hamilton correctly that the Youth Center would be built with or without the City’s help. Then Go For It!

mi
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mi

Another serial killer on the loose in Tampa and another American Lunatic kills four in California.

Cosbies
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Cosbies

Planer should do a show with a bow tie, love to see that.

12 Gauge
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12 Gauge

Did I hear the mayor shouting something during the public session at one of the speakers? I think someone has gotten in her head.

Dilly Dally
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Dilly Dally

Wal Mart is proposing nine to 13 million dollars in wages, we have to take that deal Mrs. Mazzeo, No?

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