San Antonio, Texas - Ride share drivers for companies such as Uber and Lyft are now being given additional incentives to comply with criminal background checks that were made optional late last year. To entice drivers to undergo fingerprint checks, the city has launched a new program that gives drivers [more]
Staff members inside the White House are usually heavily scrutinized and checked before they are allowed to hold any kind of position inside the official residence and principal workplace of the President of the United States. However, reports have revealed that a new set of FBI background checks was apparently [more]
SANTA FE, N.M. - An amended version of the New Mexico extended background check bill is now heading to the house floor. The House Consumer and Public Affairs recently voted 3-1 to approve the new house bill, HB 50, which seeks to extend the requirement of background checks for gun [more]
President Donald Trump's executive order to deny refugees and immigrants from entering the United States sent shockwaves around the country and sparked protest from Muslim and Non-Muslim American citizens. Over the weekend, protest erupted in various locations around the country including several rallies in large airports in New York, Denver, [more]
Gun rights advocates have reportedly now lobbied for the incoming Trump administration to do away with a recently finalized ruling that would collate information gathered from the Social Security System into the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) database. The ruling was originally submitted as part of the [more]
The National Rifle Association (NRA) seems to be quite happy with how 2016 had turned out as the organization tweeted the record breaking number of last year's background checks on its official Twitter account. The organization expressed its delight on how Americans are apparently embracing their right to bear arms [more]
On March 4, gun control advocate, Gabby Giffords joins lawmakers in pushing for expanded background checks on Capitol Hill. The push faces an uphill battle due to GOP majorities in the House and Senate, as well as NRA opposition to any new gun control.
Then the NRA struck back with a tweet some might call “too low”. The NRA had tweeted a Breitbart News story titled “Gabby Giffords: Everyone Should Have to Pass Background Check My Attacker Passed.”
MSNBC’s Al Sharpton read the title aloud on a March 6 broadcast, then tried to equate it with a personal attack on Giffords by asking, “How can the NRA tweet anything like this about Giffords after all she went through?”
The NRA argues that expanding background checks will neither stop criminals from getting guns nor stop them from committing crimes with guns. They will either steal their guns like Adam Lanza did, buy their guns via a black market like the Paris and Copenhagen attackers did, or pass a background check and then commit their heinous crimes anyway like James Holmes (Aurora theater gunman), Elliot Rodger (Santa Barbara gunman), and Jared Loughner (Gabby Giffords’ gunman) did.
But Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly, stood with Democrat lawmakers to argue that expanding background checks to include gun show sales is a way of “stopping violence.” Giffords, Democrat lawmakers, President Obama, and Attorney General Eric Holder continue to argue for expanded background checks as a way to prevent future Sandy Hook-style attacks.