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Ex-girlfriend shot; man kills himself

Bullets fired in Covidien parking lot

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Officials place a body on a stretcher in the parking lot of Covidien, Tuesday, July 13, 2010, in Augusta, Ga.
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Anger over his estranged girlfriend's refusal to resume their relationship appears to have pushed an Augusta man to shoot her and kill himself Tuesday after she pulled into work at an Augusta plant.

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Officials place the body of Alfonicia Gilbert, 35, on a stretcher in the parking lot of the Covidien plant on Marvin Griffin Road. Gilbert shot estranged girlfriend Tiffany Bush, 28, and killed himself Tuesday morning, police said.   Rainier Ehrhardt/Staff
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Officials place the body of Alfonicia Gilbert, 35, on a stretcher in the parking lot of the Covidien plant on Marvin Griffin Road. Gilbert shot estranged girlfriend Tiffany Bush, 28, and killed himself Tuesday morning, police said.


The man -- identified as Alfonicia Gilbert, 35, of the 2800 block of King Street in Augusta -- shot his ex-girlfriend as she sat in her car in the parking lot of the Covidien plant at 1430 Marvin Griffin Road about 7 a.m., Richmond County sheriff's Lt. Calvin Chew said.

Afterward, he turned the gun on himself.

Chew said the woman, identified as Tiffany Bush, 28, of Girard, Ga., was in serious condition at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

The couple had a rocky past. Gilbert was recently thrown out of a doctor's office Bush was visiting, Chew said.

"He came there unannounced and made a scene," he said.

The couple have two children together, Chew said.

Family members of the victim said Bush didn't have a restraining order against Gilbert, Chew said.

There are also no records of domestic violence incidents between the two filed with the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

Gilbert pleaded guilty to a 2001 cocaine-possession charge and was placed on probation for five years, Richmond County Superior Court records show.

In 2004, he was arrested for possessing marijuana less than an ounce, a misdemeanor, and sentenced to alcohol and drug counseling and community service.

Coroner Grover Tuten, who said Gilbert was pronounced dead at 8:05 a.m., said the bullet fired into Bush's car "ricocheted" off her head.

According to the victim, who was able to talk to police at the hospital, the couple had broken up, but Gilbert wanted to get back together.

Bush said she saw him as she drove to work Tuesday, and he cut her off. Her car veered into a ditch, but she regained control and pulled into the parking lot. Gilbert got out of his car and shot at her through the car window. The suspect fired three shots. Two shots exited the front driver and passenger windows and one shot hit the victim in the head, police said.

The gun used was a .38 caliber, Chew said.

"It's definitely been an active week," Chew said. "We've had five homicides last week, and we started out with a shooting (Monday) as far as someone getting shot at a club. We need to get the guns off the streets. We're doing what we can and the best we can."

Covidien is Richmond County's second-largest manufacturing employer with more than 800 employees.

It makes the Kendall brand of disposable medical supplies.

The plant was once known as Tyco Healthcare, which spun off from Tyco International in 2007 and was renamed Covidien.

Lisa Clemence, the communications manager for Covidien, said the company was "saddened by the tragedy that occurred this morning at our Augusta facility."

Staff Writer Bianca Cain contributed to this article.

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natchez
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natchez 07/13/10 - 06:19 pm
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If she had been armed, she

If she had been armed, she could have shot out his tire and held him until the police got there.

veggie-d
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veggie-d 07/13/10 - 06:33 pm
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If she had been armed, she

If she had been armed, she could have shot out his eye and waited until the coroner got there.

KSL
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KSL 07/13/10 - 06:35 pm
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What is amusing is to see two

What is amusing is to see two people I don't particularly agree with on a regular basis go at each other.

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CobaltGeorge 07/13/10 - 06:44 pm
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Why is it so many people get

Why is it so many people get so heped up over daily articles that are about the same except time, place, number shot or why. Those that are involved have a major problem and will not take action to correct it.

I keep say, leave them alone and they will self destruct.

veggie-d
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veggie-d 07/13/10 - 07:12 pm
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i'm not going at anyone

i'm not going at anyone ksl...just going AT the issue...

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 07/13/10 - 07:41 pm
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I hope the woman makes a full

I hope the woman makes a full recovery and I'm glad the children will at least still have their mother.

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 07/13/10 - 07:44 pm
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veggie-d I agree with all

veggie-d I agree with all your posts about the guns. Your 12:39 also was put very well, it too kills me that what you said isn't just common sense to any adult. The dumbing down of America and the bleeding heart mentality for criminals and freeloaders are completely destroying this great country faster than these idiots can comprehend.

veggie-d
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veggie-d 07/13/10 - 08:13 pm
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takeastand, i agree with your

takeastand, i agree with your 8:41 post.

i believe i failed to recognize the surviving kids and mom enough in my own posts. they will not have "normal" lives by the average definition of "normal", and it will be a long road to recovery/understanding for them and THEIR kids as well...it will linger in the families for years/generations...sad all the way around.

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Brad Owens 07/13/10 - 08:32 pm
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Lt. Calvin Chew said, "We

Lt. Calvin Chew said, "We need to get the guns off the streets..."

REALLY? So this is the guns fault? Nice to know we have such officers in leadership positions. It will make it MUCH easier to confiscate guns from people with law enforcement officers like him around.

Jillian
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Jillian 07/13/10 - 08:35 pm
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I thought police were called

I thought police were called when he was thrown out of the doctor's office...

I guess not, but it should have been standard policy.

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veggie-d 07/13/10 - 08:39 pm
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only thing that seems

only thing that seems "standard" anymore is apathy...the ole "i don't want to get involved." mentality...

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Brad Owens 07/13/10 - 08:59 pm
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burinator, I know you are

burinator,

I know you are really trying to sound smart and oh so intelligent but give it a rest.

Anyone who feels that the guns are the problem is wrong. If you think that the so-called smart guns will be the answer you are wrong.

There is more guns in America now than there are people.

It is our well declared RIGHT as individuals in the Constitution's Bill of Rights that we as a people can keep and bear arms.

So, take all of the bright ideas that will only keep honest gun owners more honest and try to apply all that energy to figuring out how to punish criminals bad enough that they won't become repeat offenders.

Brad

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ohhsweetconcord 07/13/10 - 09:22 pm
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Who the heck is talking about

Who the heck is talking about banning handguns? We all have an individual right to bear arms. But we don't have a right to own an RPG, so that right is limited to some extent.

How is it bad to want to keep guns out of the hands of criminals?

veggie-d
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veggie-d 07/13/10 - 09:35 pm
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it's not bad at all...just

it's not bad at all...just not an obtainable goal...criminals will always be the FIRST to have guns...legal or not...

ohhsweetconcord
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ohhsweetconcord 07/13/10 - 09:43 pm
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I think its unobtainable to

I think its unobtainable to keep ALL guns from criminals, but surely we can try to enact policies that can reduce the availability of guns for criminals.

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LADYJ403 07/13/10 - 11:13 pm
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To all of you on here bashing

To all of you on here bashing the headlines of today, you need to remember that this is someone's father, child, brother, nephew, uncle, or etc. that you are talking about. Why can't we just greive for both families involved? Yes, this is a tragic event but no one knows the true details or causes that may have led up to this tragedy. If this was some of your family members posted on the headlines, would you be so fast to make a comment? No, I don't think so. The victim was my first cousin so please do my family and Ms. Bush's family a big favor and just pray for us all in these trying times. If you really knew Ali, then you wouldn't have so much to say because he was truly in fact a good person and a good father to his kids. So please once again that I ask, is just for you all to pray for the families involved because another young life has been won by the Devil.

‎"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away."

ColumbiaCountyMom1
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ColumbiaCountyMom1 07/14/10 - 08:29 am
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LadyJ - my sincerest

LadyJ - my sincerest condolences to your family. Sending up lots of prayers for a quick recovery for Ms. Bush and for peace for everyone involved and their families. I don't think anyone here is trying to be incosiderate or unapologetic towards the families involved - I think they have just gotten off on a tangent about the statements made in regards to gun regulations. Again, my deepest sympathies to you and yours.

That being said, on the issue of gun rights, I completely agree with Veggie. Guns are not the issue. Do they facilitate crime? Yes. Do they facilitate law enforcement and self defense as well? Yes. They can never be fully removed from society therefore leaving law abiding citizens in the lurch if/when stricter gun laws are passed. You can't take everything that could be potentially harmful depending upon its use off of the streets and deem the world SAFE. I wouldn't even go as far as to say much "safer". Would there be less accidental crime such as a young child shooting himself or his friends? Sure. There would be no less purposeful crime in this country though.

Some people will always be inherently evil and WILL still take lives into their own hands - no matter what the weapon of choice may be. And mental illness surely won't be cured by the removal of easy access to guns. This incident would have still insued despite the fact of whether or not Mr. Gilbert had a firearm. The only thing that would have changed would be the details.

So many legal medications that help a lot of people can be used to harm yourself or someone else - should we outlaw those too? What about anti-freeze? There are tons of cases every year in the US of spouses poisoning one another - any talk of banning anti-freeze? They haven't even gone as far as to add a component to make the liquid detectable. But guns on the other hand take the brunt of every crime in which they're involved. Let's not discuss the real issues such as the criminals mental health, malice intent, etc. Let's blame an inanimate object???

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Brad Owens 07/14/10 - 09:23 am
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CCMom, The issue is the

CCMom,

The issue is the instant blame for the crime that the law enforcement officer placed on the gun. His attitude is on display and his quote shows that he blames the fact that criminals have guns for the crime that was done.

The fact is, gun ownership by private citizens is a RIGHT.

It would be like someone saying that the Bible is the reason priests molest little boys. It is a major part of the resason they can do the crimes but the Bible is NOT the reason the crime happens.

Unlike most people who refuse to try to think through a problem, I blame behavior on the actual person and not a tool they may use to perp a crime.

I would say that if the lady had had her own handgun and returned fire when she was attacked, she may have saved this hero form needing to whack himself out.

By the way, I shed no tears for the dead woman beater/attempted murderer. Good riddance.

Brad

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veggie-d 07/14/10 - 09:48 am
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reduce the availability of

reduce the availability of criminals...and the guns will be just fine...captital punishment for gun crimes anyone???

Tony.C
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Tony.C 07/14/10 - 10:00 am
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How bout get the CRIMINALS

How bout get the CRIMINALS off the streets, Lt. Chew??? Guns don't commit crimes, moron, criminals do.

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corgimom 07/14/10 - 10:44 am
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"It's unlikely that they

"It's unlikely that they would be hacked by a crackhead gearing to bust into your house."

Sorry, burn, I disagree with you 100%. Criminals will do anything to get guns. Without guns, they are nothing.

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corgimom 07/14/10 - 10:47 am
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Sueboo, you bet I'm going to

Sueboo, you bet I'm going to criticize how the article was written. Because it was irresponsible to write that it was a possible murder when it wasn't.

Yes, a terrible tragedy DID occur- and that's why it's important to report the facts and not speculate.

And you are free to disagree with that.

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burninater 07/14/10 - 10:59 am
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corgi -- Sorry, burn, I

corgi -- Sorry, burn, I disagree with you 100%. Criminals will do anything to get guns. Without guns, they are nothing.

Corgi, I clarified that point in a different post, saying that if an individual had the knowledge/ability to hack well-designed, modern cryptography, it's pretty unlikely that they're going to be making a living as a violent criminal. There's much more attractive work out there for people with that skillset.

And if criminals are nothing without guns, we REALLY should be working on ways of limiting their access to them. Harsher penalties are one solution, as veggie has posted, but that does nothing for those starting out on the criminal path, and it does nothing to prevent their first acts of gun violence before they get caught.

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veggie-d 07/14/10 - 11:25 am
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burn- did you overlook my

burn- did you overlook my reply/rebuttal to the the: " if an individual had the knowledge/ability to hack well-designed, modern cryptography, it's pretty unlikely that they're going to be making a living as a violent criminal..." argument?...

or is it just convenient to ignore that not ALL violent criminals are uneducated?...

i believe the unabomber was HIGHLY educated and HE was VERY violent...WITHOUT A GUN.

you don't think that an "ubergenius" cybercrook would not, thru one or two simple connections, be linked to street crime and gun violence?

lemme write a scenario for ya:

he lives alone in some grubby lil apartment or mommas house...he's real smart, but can't socialize worth a damn...lonely and depressed he wants companionship and relief...

the "urchins" of the world welcome him and turn him on to something he wants...dope/money/etc...he trades his services to the dope man/pimp for his drug/hooker of choice...the dope man trades the goods for guns...he brings the guns to cybercrook...cybercrook decodes/bypasses the "safety" device...makes a few hundred extra cash/dope/girlies for doing it...gets right back to hacking accts. etc. while smokin' coke/heroin/meth etc. and hangin' out with skanky harrisburg hookers all day...guns are on the street...drugs are in the veins...diseases are attacking the body...and "ubernerd" is still alone and feelin' hollow...

to be continued?...

if you DON'T think these people are out there...you MIGHT just wanna stay home.

"it does nothing to prevent their first acts of gun violence before they get caught."

READ THE ABOVE SENTENCE TO YOURSELF UNTIL YOU FINALLY UNDERSTAND THE DILEMMMA. IT'S YOUR OWN SENTENCE.

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ArmedandLegal 07/14/10 - 11:23 am
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"...but that does nothing for

"...but that does nothing for those starting out on the criminal path, and it does nothing to prevent their first acts of gun violence before they get caught."

You are trying to fight a war that cannot be won. We do not have telepathic powers, we cannot predict something (of this nature) that has not happened. Thats the reality - if someone is going to commit a crime with a gun for the first time, its a done deal - unless of course an armed citizen happens to be there and puts them down.

Now as far as repeat offenders go - I couldnt agree more with harsher punishments. Instead of locking up pot heads, free up all that room for more violent or repeat offenders.

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veggie-d 07/14/10 - 11:26 am
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there should be no REPEAT

there should be no REPEAT offenders.

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burninater 07/14/10 - 11:51 am
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veggie -- "it does nothing to

veggie -- "it does nothing to prevent their first acts of gun violence before they get caught."

READ THE ABOVE SENTENCE TO YOURSELF UNTIL YOU FINALLY UNDERSTAND THE DILEMMMA. IT'S YOUR OWN SENTENCE.
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I should have clarified, I am still referring to the problem of people getting unregistered firearms through theft or unscrupulous dealers. My point is that more rigid controls that keep firearms in the hands of registered owners would even go toward curbing first timers who've gotten a gun through other than legal channels.

Your lonely hacker story is plausible, and you are correct -- an organized network is going to find ways to get around the system. I am not under the delusion that we can fix this one hundred percent, I'm just talking about limiting collateral damage. By your logic, we should never have bothered with polio vaccines because we're never going to totally wipe it out.

Edit: and in regards to KSL's 7:35 PM post, I'm glad our friendly back and forth on this has opened some eyes to the fact that just because people don't agree with some of your ideas doesn't mean they're all in brown shirt lockstep. This far Left/far Right idea that we're in a country of us vs. them with no middle ground does none of us any favors.

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ColumbiaCountyMom1 07/14/10 - 12:14 pm
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Brad Owens - "Unlike most

Brad Owens - "Unlike most people who refuse to try to think through a problem, I blame behavior on the actual person and not a tool they may use to perp a crime."
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Brad - I'm not sure why you directed those comments at me - I think we're on the same side here? I stated "But guns on the other hand take the brunt of every crime in which they're involved. Let's not discuss the real issues such as the criminals mental health, malice intent, etc. Let's blame an inanimate object???" I was in fact supporting the same statements you posted.

Burn - from reading your posts on this and other articles it seems to me that you are under the impression that all criminals, including first time offenders, are buying their guns illegally off of the streets. Why couldn't a first time offender be a registered gun owner? They have no previous gun crimes to speak of and would probably have no issues getting a gun in the first place. And in most crimes of passion or distress (not random) like this one, the gunman would more than likely be someone who is fully capable of owning a firearm if they so choose and at this moment they choose to use it in an unlawful manner. So really those gun restrictions wouldn't have prevented this case unless I'm missing somewhere in this article where it states that his gun was stolen?

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veggie-d 07/14/10 - 12:23 pm
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i hear ya burn...i am NOT

i hear ya burn...i am NOT saying we should let crime/criminals run amuck...but...

i think you'd be shocked to discover that "registration/registered & licensed owners" does NOT really exist in this country. there is no system of tracking guns and owners at all really.

and THAT'S the way the nra and gun advocates want it and like it...kinda keeps'em from worrying about "the man" comin' to "take er guns!"

i agree something needs to be done...swiftly and severely to criminals who use guns/knives/ANY weapon (rock/stick/shoe)...then maybe the "youth" of the thug crowd will get a clue...until then...i like knowing i at least have a right/chance to fight back with equal or better skills/resources.

i know this all sounds suprising from a person who advocates for the things i support that are generally considered "left wing/liberal"...i'm really not doing anything different here.

i advocate for what's right and what will make this a better place to be while we live our lives.

time to attack criminals not guns.

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burninater 07/14/10 - 12:47 pm
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CCM1, I've been talking both

CCM1, I've been talking both about stolen firearms and unscrupulous dealers getting into the hands of criminals -- some are first-timers, but others are convicted felons or the mentally disturbed that would not be able to purchase a weapon otherwise. This is from a Frontline report, but I don't know the date of it:

"Responding to a question of how they obtained their most recent handgun, the arrestees answered as follows: 56% said they paid cash; 15% said it was a gift; 10% said they borrowed it; 8% said they traded for it; while 5% only said that they stole it.

ATF officials say that only about 8% of the nation's 124,000 retail gun dealers sell the majority of handguns that are used in crimes. They conclude that these licensed retailers are part of a block of rogue entrepreneurs tempted by the big profits of gun trafficking."

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/guns/procon/guns.html

Biometrics would be one more link between a gun used in a crime and the supplier. The way it could work is to have the purchaser's biometric data maintained in a secure database. If a gun's ownership is transferred, you update the weapon with the new owner's data signature. The person using the gun is the person that bought it legally, and noone else. Additionally, that 8% of licensed dealers selling on the black market would be very quickly identified if the biometric data linked to purchases at their dealerships kept turning up registered to convicted felons. Finally, it would be one more check to the ability of dealers to sell to convicted felons. When someone is arrested for a violent crime, take their handgun biometrics. When a new gun is registered, check that unique data against the convicted felons' data.

We have the technology to make a system like this viable, we just don't have the political will. As long as the gun lobby is worried about losing profits, they are going to fight tooth and nail to avoid procedures that will cut the criminal demand. For them, a sale is a sale, doesn't matter who the buyer is.

And for the record, I'm not attacking guns. I'm attacking a system that lets them fall into the wrong hands for preventable reasons.

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