"All we are doing is enforcing the laws from the
1968 gun control act, that's all we're doing. We're not picking out any
individual title, but the bottom line -- there are people that should not
be able to buy guns. This law will help increase that turnover as far as
people not being able to buy their guns, so we're not picking on one
- Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-New York) about a House-passed bill designed to
improve background checks for gun purchases.
"If it's a bullet used in a crime, why shouldn't we have
that fingerprint? And so I would hope that the president would show real
leadership and, given what's happened here in Maryland and in Virginia, ...say
this is something we can work out."
- Sen. Charles Schumer (D-New York) about a proposal for a national database
with the "fingerprinting" of firearms.
"I don't think there's any question that it's important
for us to review all of those laws and find ways to ensure that law enforcement
has every tool available to them,"
- Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-South Dakota) about the Senate looking
at a national fingerprinting system.
"The president wants this issue explored and, to that
end, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms has been meeting and met
yesterday afternoon with White House staff to start to discuss the various
issues, the technical issues, the feasibility issues, the pros and cons about
how this my be effective, whether it could work or whether it would not be able
to work. And those are the issues that we are going to explore."
- Ari Fleischer, White House press secretary about the White House asking
firearms officials to conduct a review of a proposed national tracking system to