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Should all gun purchasers have to undergo background checks?

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Mar-07-13 9:28 AM

And psychological checks also. There are a lot of loose cannons out theree.

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Mar-07-13 10:20 AM

I agree with the checks as long as there is fast and accurate system in place to make the checks. The checks should only include checks for felonys ,certified mental health documents and also for non residents,

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Mar-12-13 12:37 AM

Since we're not doing anything worth while right now, here are a few probing questions to ask all gun purchasers:

1. Are you now or have you ever been a member of the Communist Party?

2. Celsius and Fahrenheit are the exact same temperature at what reading?

3. How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?

4. What is a pelican hook?

5. Who was Lincoln's first vice-president? And from what state?

6. Is President Obama half black or half white?

7. What is the true meaning of: "!Mi aerodeslizador esta lieno de anguilas!

8. Where is George "W" Bush?

9. Where is Mitt Willard Romney? And why does his middle name start with a "W"?

10. Where did this stash come from?

Just trying to help out.

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Mar-14-13 9:28 AM

Our president was shown recently in a photo shooting skeet. Nobody knows anything about his background.

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Mar-14-13 7:20 PM

KingDavid: That image was photoshopped. He was really holding up a baby and kissing it.


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Mar-18-13 1:01 PM



George "W" Bush was treated to a ticker-tape parade today in New York as over a million observers threw 1.5 trillion miniature dollars at him instead of the traditional confetti. As "W" strutted down the Avenue of the Bushes, Colin Powell handed out tiny plastic replicas of WMDs.

A grateful nation then saluted the almost 5,000 caskets that followed, draped with American flags, all made in America.

The President of Iraq, and and the heads of state for over 23 middle-east countries, waved little red-white-and-blue placards that read, "Thanks for the Democracy!"

Everyone was jubilant.

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Mar-20-13 1:04 PM

I apologize for the error in the post below.

According to high level sources, the primary government expenditures for Bush-Iraq War 2 were $2.0 trillion, not $1.5 trillion.

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Mar-21-13 12:17 AM

svensota - better send your calculator in for repair. So far the total cost of the Iraq and Afghan war, including President Obama's share is around $1.475T as in Trillion and climbing.

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Mar-21-13 11:58 AM

Avoice: Not according to the New York Times, the ultimate authority on...everything. You must have been consulting the New Ulm Journal the ultimate...hmm.

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Mar-21-13 6:51 PM

svensota - no, your New York Times propaganda sources are slightly off. *******costofwar****/

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Mar-21-13 6:52 PM

should be costofwar****/

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Mar-21-13 9:37 PM

Slightly off?

You call $500,000,000,000 slightly off?

And, you! You are challenging the New York Times? With what?! Some kind of right wing website with a lot of asterisks and an equal amount of drivel?

Outrageous bunkum, Avoice.

Really. The nerve.

I'm embarrassed for you. JR, would never do such a thing.

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Mar-21-13 10:48 PM

svensota - expected reaction from someone when presented with the facts. By the way the numbers are coming directly from the Office of Management and Budget - a far more reliable factual source than the NYTimes.

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Mar-22-13 11:05 AM

I'm just zinging ya', Avoice. You have to admit, *******costof war****/ doesn't carry much credibility.

Your numbers from OMB are probably right, too.

My guess is the difference is in whether or not long-term costs are factored into the gross. Future veterans' benefits and V.A. costs and...on-and-on...are rarely included in those budget numbers.

Believe it or not, as of 2005 there were still about 300 CHILDREN of CIVIL WAR veterans who were receiving benefits. No this is not a misprint. The veterans had children in when they were in their late 60's, particularly in the South, and the kids were in their late 80's and early 90's in 2005.

The point is, the cost of war goes on for decades. Or, in the case of the Civil War a century-and-a-half.

"W's" folly will be with us a looooooooong time.

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Mar-22-13 12:44 PM

svensota, I feel very confident the war cost was and will be covered by the $5.6Trillion surplus prior to the wars - don't you think? NOT.

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Mar-22-13 12:47 PM

svensota, I know about those veteran benefits. I am a "peace time" veteran who went to school paying for everything by my wife and myself and upon graduation was told the GI Bill would now include "peace time" veterans school benefits.

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Mar-22-13 2:55 PM

Avoice: Yeah, well, at least no one spit on you or gave you the finger when you were in uniform. I've had the honor, back a few decades ago.

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Mar-29-13 9:51 AM

Rumor has it that the easter bunny has a conceal weapon permit.

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Apr-02-13 12:17 AM

All of you idiots, how the*****would background checks have stopped any of the last shootings? You ******* liberal idiots!

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Apr-02-13 5:28 PM

Just because someone has a different opinion than you, doesn't make them wrong and you right. Name callng doesn't help sell your point of view.

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Apr-02-13 7:01 PM

Crankee: You're so right. As long as fellows like you walk on the planet, then only a complete repeal of the 2nd amendment will do the job properly.

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Apr-03-13 12:15 PM

Too many people do not understand, in MN if you perchase a firearm from a dealer, you do go through a background check. If you urchase from a private individual, for instance, I sell you a firearm, then you do not go through a background check. In order for this to work, all firearms will have to be registered and reregistered with current owners. This undoubtably will become a drawn out, costly process just like everything else with the government. I ask you this.. what would stop people from selling firearms without going through the background process? How will the government know if ALL current firearms are registered? It would mean you opening your house, car, office, etc., for complete searches by the government. Does that sound like a wonderful idea? MN is just fine with processes we have in place now for background checks. I agree the counties need to make sure they update the FBI quickly and accurately, which is a total different problem!

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Apr-03-13 9:23 PM

How about a new survey. Should the Journal discontinue these surveys as they don't get new questions?????

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Apr-08-13 9:58 AM

A question if anyone can answer. How many of the crazy people that took a gun and went a on a shooting rampage bought a gun legally? That is assuming that everyone agrees that the people who do this are legally insane. You cannot make it any harder for idiots to have guns they will just get them. No matter what you do person to person sales cannot be stopped.

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Apr-17-13 11:02 PM


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