Saturday, December 1, 2007

gun control -- FBI's NICBCS

Following the shooting at Virginia Tech, the United States has been trying to keep guns out of the hands of those mentally ill. As reported by the Justice Department, the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System for gun buyers allows mentally ill patients files to be uploaded and that list has more than doubled since the shooting. From "174,863 during the first half of the year to 393,957 from July to November."

By putting the information into the FBI's system it would prevent people from purchasing anytype of gun and from going to a different state to purchase a firearm. Unfortunatelly the system doesn't apply to guns sold at shows and by private sellers and about half of guns are sold that way. (cnn)

It's World AIDS Day is today, so if you haven't already, go find a red ribbon.

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