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Two of the country’s most influential voices on gun control weighed in Sunday on the issue, but appeared no closer in reaching a compromise — even on the issue of universal background checks.Wayne LaPierre, the National Rifle Association’s chief executive, told “Fox News Sunday” his group has tried unsuccessfully for such a check for two decades.
“I’ve been in this fight for 20 years. We proposed it. I don’t think it’s going to happen,” said LaPierre, who argued the mental health lobby and federal laws have prevented the names of people with potentially dangerous mental health problems from being put into a federal database.
He also said that “criminals won’t comply.”
Retired Navy Capt. Mark Kelly, whose wife former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head by an emotionally disturbed gunman, argued for the background check. He told Fox that Giffords, a Democrat, and others might have been spared in the 2010 mass shooting in Tucson had the state entered the shooter’s name into a database.