WDEL Blog: Allan Loudell

Mike Castle joins Governor Markell, Lt. Gov. Denn, & A.G. Beau Biden in supporting Gun Background Check Bill

If Delaware's Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, and former Governor / Congressman Mike Castle have their way...Delaware lawmakers will pass legislation requiring background checks for almost all gun sales.

Background checks would be required for the sale or transfer of any firearm, no matter whether through a licensed gun dealer or not. Licensed dealers would be allowed to charge up to 50 dollars for each background check, raised from the current charge of 20 dollars.

Narrow exceptions:

* Immediate family members (parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, spouse or sibling)
* Law enforcement officers meeting the training and qualifications standards required by police agencies to carry firearms
* Antique (pre-1899) firearms and certain replicas
* A pawnbroker's return of a firearm to the person from whom it was received

But what I find politically the most interesting: That Republican former Governor / Congressman Mike Castle joined these Democratic leaders.

If I'm not mistaken, this is Castle's most public foray into the public arena - on a contemporary public issue - since his defeat in the Republican Primary.

Granted, Castle sponsored the Bipartisan Gun Show Loophole Closing Act in Congress in 2009, so likely this is just a big issue for him. But given the north/south ideological polarization within the Delaware G.O.P., one doubts Castle could win over the 2nd Amendment absolutists who oppose even expanded background checks for fear of a "slippery slope."

But surely at least a few people might interpret Castle's very public involvement with this issue as a step to increase his visibility and even leave open the possibility of another bid for public office.

Posted at 2:42pm on March 6, 2013 by Allan Loudell

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Comments on this post:

Wed, Mar 6, 2013 6:28pm
In this country one can be inane and foolish. It is one of benefits that come with the freedom given in this country. Even in Sussex County, some districts thought Christine O'Donnell was a better candidate than the current Vice President, back when he was still campaigning for Senate....

They are nuts. There is no other way to characterize someone from Sussex County who would prefer putting a witch in office, especially one who thinks separation of Church and State is not in the Constitution, over someone who some think, is capable of being the president of the United States of America. If you prefer a dolt to someone possessing wisdom and taste, well, there is something wrong with you.

That said, these are the same people who fear slippery slope. These people don't matter. The NRA... doesn't matter. The Black Panthers... Don't matter. All are splinters of normal society. All are allowed to speak up and express their views, just like we are all allowed to ignore them and act like they never existed. It is called "freedom".

In Delaware, votes go 60-30 in favor of the Democrats, and so if you add the moderate Republicans at roughly 50-50, with Mike Castle signing on you are near 75% of Delaware pushing forward on shutting down illegal gun swapping.

95% of guns used in crime come from gun swapping. 5% are purchased legally with background checks. I believe I saw gun swapping was near 40% of all transactions, meaning that a lot of safe gun owners, currently around 60% of them, have gone through background checks and would certainly be in favor of them...

So, when you crunch the numbers it appears like only 5% of the population is NRA hysterical about losing their guns...
Hysterical people usually don't do math. And people who don't do math... usually always tend to say things that do not matter.

Wed, Mar 6, 2013 10:34pm
Castle wants to feel important again so he is injecting himself into the gun-control debate...it's positions like this and his votes on TARP and Cap/Trade that cost him his seat. He is and was a RINO.

O'Donnell was a horrendous, horrendous candidate but Shotgun Joe Biden is an absolute embarrassment to our country.

Thu, Mar 7, 2013 1:16am
These laws will only be obeyed by law-abiding citizens. All others will simply buy their guns out of the trunk of the Cadillac or Lincoln with the big chrome wheels and skinny tires located in your nearest crime and drug infested neighborhood.

Thu, Mar 7, 2013 1:33am
I think Joe Biden is awesome, simply because he is so full of life. Most people are proud of Joe Biden. In fact, the only ones I've ever come across who speak ill of him are ones who have donated to his opponents, who GET HORRENDOUSLY BEATEN EVERY TIME!!!... I'd be mad too if I bet on the wrong horse every race.....

And Mr. Pizza. There are laws against stealing. We have robberies every day. There are laws against white-collar crime. Someone gets sentenced every day. There are laws against driving over 25 m.p.h. in school zones; people do it every day. There are laws against buying and selling marijuana. They are ignored every day.....

Are you saying simply because someone violates these laws, we shouldn't have them?


We have laws on our books for the very simple reason that when someone is caught violating them, they get processed.

So you search that big-rimmed car. Take them in and process them. There is now one less car. You search another. Now there are two fewer cars... et cetera....

But what you fail to realize is that with the background checks being activated nationwide, those confiscated guns in that trunk, all lead back to someone... Whereas now, they are a dead end. Today someone can make a straw purchase and leave them in a drop, pick up the briefcase full of money, and live in South America. With this law, we will soon know who bought those guns, and a quick credit-check will lead us right to their hotel in Belize....

That is why this is a good law, and the argument that criminals will do what they do anyway has nothing to do with the whether or not it shall be passed..

Thu, Mar 7, 2013 2:22am
And in a timely fashion, a study was released today that matches crime statistics with against laws against guns, and it was found that states which regulated guns better, had lower criminal and suicide rates.


States with the most laws had a mortality rate 42% lower than those states with the fewest laws, So it does appear that having laws on the books, makes a difference after all...

Thu, Mar 7, 2013 8:59am

Funny because I don't know anyone (except my staunch Democrat friends) who thinks Biden is anything but a gaffe-prone baffoon. He is a joke...and yes, so too was O'Donnell (on this we will definitely agree).

mrpizza is saying that only law-abiding citizens will be unarmed by these laws and not the criminals (Obama's hometown of Chicago is a perfect example of this).
In a world of wolves, law-abiding citizens are being turned into a society of defenseless sheep.

Thu, Mar 7, 2013 2:50pm
I believe with the Supreme assessment on Heller, that unarming citizens is not even a consideration anymore. We have the right to carry hand guns. However that authority in the words of Conservative Scalia himself, does not impune government can't regulate gun sales or impose restrictions, or take actions to make its citizens safer.

That is why all that is being proposed, is a universal background check, a ban of assault weapons, and a ban of high capacity clips... The idea of Heller and to which I agree, is that every citizen has the right to defend themselves. However that has to be balanced against the universal request by every professional law enforcement agency that they at least legally be given the right to have "the" higher grade of firepowers. It is sad when criminals can legally buy and have more force than those men and women daily committing their lives to keep the rest of us safe and living in a world of law....

Grandma Pizza can do well with a Glock and 10 round clips. She doesn't need an M16 set on fully automatic... :)

Thu, Mar 7, 2013 2:56pm
and Allan... I'm seeing a lot of reports early on that an NRA official was arrested in New York on a domestic abuse case against his wife, and legally has to give up all 39 of his weapons to be held by civil authorities.....

Why this has legs, is because he was the spokesperson against the New York Ban passed in Albany, and now, his bullying tactics on his spouse and kids, are full blown.

His wife's comments... "He's nothing more than a bully, they way he treats everyone else as a member of the NRA, is the way the treats me and the kids..."

Just thought you might like to look into that for today's afternoon show....

Here is one of the first links and you can go more moderate from there... lol..


Allan Loudell
Thu, Mar 7, 2013 3:00pm
Yes, kavips, I did come across that story this morning...

Allan Loudell

Fri, Mar 8, 2013 7:03am
Kavips: Instead of continually passing new laws every time there's an incident, why not try enforcing the 10 million laws that already exist?

Fri, Mar 8, 2013 7:56am
Good question... If someone gives you a coffee cup with holes in it, do you seal up each of the holes, or just get a new coffee cup?

Both are viable options... But when coffee is running down your arm and dripping on your pants, and your office staff is looking at you with a look of ... don't just stand there, ... what are you going to do... Ask for duck tape?

As I said, it was a very good question.

Fri, Mar 8, 2013 11:25am
So if you make a new law against holes in coffee cups...this will solve the problem? Cool, maybe Starbucks should get their lobbyists to work on that one ;)

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