Amid all the legislation approved by Congress this session, few could be so egregious and ill-timed than a bill passed last week that would allow people who file for bankruptcy to keep their firearms instead of turn them over to creditors.
Why would Congress go out of its way to make sure individuals, under the stress of bankruptcy, keep their guns, of all things? The answer is obvious, of course: the incredible strength of the gun lobby.
• In June, a California couple died in a murder-suicide and their 3-year-old son was shot multiple times after they missed house payments in 2009
and had filed for bankruptcy.
• A Florida couple facing bankruptcy in 2004 died in a murder-suicide shooting earlier this year while their two young daughters hid.
• Another Florida family, a couple and their two 12- and 10-year-old children were shot to death in a murder-suicide last year, two months before a bankruptcy status hearing.
According to the National Violent Death Reporting System, financial problems precipitate more than 12 percent of firearm-related murder-suicides and suicides. That's not to say people facing bankruptcy must immediately surrender weapons, but it is absurd to exempt guns from the normal rules.
Thursday, August 5, 2010
House Passes Keep Your Guns in Bankruptcy Law. So it's okay to lose your house and ability to buy food, but not your guns?
This is so fundamentally bizarre, I can't believe someone came up with this legislation...now!!! Just a few minutes of research should have tipped off many of these unsuspecting lawmakers from acting like idiots and gun lobby lackey's.