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NC GOP wastes no time in attacking Roy Cooper

They'll use anything as fodder, but this time it's Obama's executive actions on gun sales:

NCGOP Executive Director Dallas Woodhouse said Tuesday Obama is not standing up for the constitutional rights of citizens. “Our question is if North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper will. Certainly there will be attorney generals across this country that will standup and fight these executive orders,” Woodhouse said.

“The president has done something here that he couldn’t get passed through the legislative process and that should concern all citizens,” Woodhouse said. “What the president has done here is assert authority we don’t think he has and what North Carolina citizens need is our state Attorney General Roy Cooper to do something about it.”

What the President has done is probably a far sight less than he should have, but you won't hear anything like that from the gun-nuts or GOP lawmakers and their political apparatchiks. Closing the gunshow loophole and cracking down on "private" sales is a critical step. Until that happens, it doesn't matter how accurate and up-to-date the federal database is, because somebody who would fail that test has a Plan B. And after all the harping about "mental illness" the gun lobby has used as a deflection, for them to condemn the very thing they've been promoting proves that was all just a sham. No logical ground to stand on.

Common sense needed in gun control debate

But needed reforms are being held hostage by extremists:

During the UNC lock down, I kept thinking, “I don’t want to be another breaking news story.” Little did I know, but just hours before our lock down, multiple shootings had occurred across North Carolina, and in another four hours, carnage would commence in San Bernardino, California.

We do not have to live this way. We can demand that our government legislate and strengthen background checks for gun sales at gun shows and those between private parties. We can tell our legislators that schools and college campuses – our classrooms and our dorm rooms – are no place for privately owned firearms.

The problem is, any sort of restriction proposed on obtaining a firearm, no matter how sensible it may be, is viewed as a "slippery slope" by gun rights extremists. The basic flaws in their logic; that you can't trust your government but you *can* trust random citizens, should be sufficient evidence their contribution to public policy is questionable at best. But politicians are so afraid of the gun lobby, that they will be labeled "Not a friend of the 2nd Amendment," they are driven to not just do nothing, but erode the restrictions we already have in place. And the body count continues.

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