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One thing -- bet is different now is the fact that we had 21 graders murdered in a classroom along with six.
I mean that's unacceptable and the American people.
You don't want something done on this you know 92% of Americans support -- universal background check it's 74%.
Of NRA members I would hope at some point that the leadership of the NRA would just listen to their membership on this issue.
That was mark Kelly husband of former congresswoman Gabby Giffords who was shot two years ago while meeting constituents in Arizona.
After months of debate the senate is finally ready to take -- gun control legislation but see it won't include an assault weapons -- and the democratic senator Dianne Feinstein has been fighting for.
So where does the gun debate go from here.
Let's talk about it with fox digital politics editor and host of power play -- -- -- happy Easter to you and.
I'm happy Easter to you thanks for coming and my blood sugar is so high right now is that if I if I seem to be fading during the segment just don't worry about it I'll do you another chocolate aid during give me another keep.
We let it -- in -- for this.
-- -- so about where we are now nobody's gonna get everything they want in this fight -- heard mark Kelly they're talking about high numbers for universal background checks.
It you know and folks on the other side will always say but criminals are gonna get background checks nobody's gonna stop you on the street and say I'm gonna buy this gun from you but first let's check with the FBI.
So the the cynical insight on all of this in Washington is that not much of what has been proposed would have actually addressed what happened in new -- But for people who are in favor of gun control.
Any -- a crime horrific crime like that is committed with the god this is an opportunity to revive the discussion.
Now what the NRA is talking about.
Is to and integration.
Of mental health records with the background check records and it's interesting when Kelly talks about that.
About what's different now.
People have always generally supported the idea of universal background checks but what are universal background check is mean something different.
To everybody the NRA has a very different.
Threshold for what they think is an acceptable universal background check vs what gun control.
Advocates like mr.
Yes that you're talking about then keeping records of gun purchases which a lot of people feel like okay universal background check then records.
You going to purchase that gun in an is that record going to be cap somewhere -- government do with said.
And that's first -- -- different -- The way it stands now is the background checks that are conducted.
No record is captive gun shop owners don't have to provide those records and are not asked -- his -- student federal authorities.
The background check is conducted in and the records are destroyed.
Now what Democrats and gun control advocates want to do -- create basically a national registry for all new gun purchases that something the people who are Second Amendment.
Enthusiasts don't like -- think that's not okay.
All right let's talk about the issue mental health because it keeps coming up in conversations that it's it's generally not available in the background check system.
It doesn't go there in my previous life when I was a labor and employment attorney and and there are a lot of questions was so excited for -- not -- the -- of that.
Out but there are -- -- -- that -- a law that restricts medical information that can be shared and of course and that puts limits on what mental health professionals like doctors can tell anyone outside.
The patient and whoever the patient -- -- is how is this gonna work to get mental health information into the system.
Well it's not just patient privacy which was of course -- you know -- dawned in the 1990s -- is also has to do with the move against institutionalization.
And the move against.
People being committed against their will.
From the 1970s.
So we have a lot we we spent a long time protecting people with mental health issues.
From things but then how do you call those people that out of the universe of those who were able to have -- -- in the case of the the gentleman.
The young man and Newtown Connecticut.
Yes maybe 88 integrated background check system might have screened him out from a purchase but he didn't purchase a -- He still he took the -- from his mom.
In other cases certainly the -- -- shooting them you were just talking about.
And perhaps in Virginia Tech there would have been the possibility that it integrated background check -- but then we think about the one with -- -- walker that happen and in order that were huge charge.
With the Gabby Giffords shooting.
In that case people knew that he had very serious problems but nobody had moved to commit -- so it's not just the privacy stuff.
It's the thing that we have -- societal bias against committing people against -- well.
And immediately after -- there was a different conversation happening in this city about.
Getting something done that the president has spoken out repeatedly in again this week about.
Getting something done but do you feel that as you know especially key Democrats would be key votes here who have been -- -- supporters -- have been rated very -- about Aaron passed.
As as the immediate heat from that incident horrific as it was cools down a bit.
They're going to be thinking about political calculations.
It didn't take this long for people to be thinking about political calculations this is Washington.
The truth is though.
That what has been proposed I mean think about the central thing that would the first thing that was proposed.
It was not something new or innovative or bipartisan it was a resurrection of the 1994 legislation that everybody agrees.
Wouldn't have necessarily prevented this one might have.
-- and the death poll but do what's interest thing is.
Background -- -- changing and expanding background checks the only thing that has -- currency laughed.
And if -- Obama.
Mayor Bloomberg and other enthusiasts for gun control people who would like to have to clamp down on people's access to guns.
If they stay on that point and push there they may lose their opportunity to do something that's never happened before.
Which is to upgrade our system for background checks on mental health because that's going to be hard enough.
We of course -- them yes ma'am thank you very much happy -- I think -- some hurricane -- could be on the way out yeah.
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