I got a Reply from Sen. Barbra Boxer finally. Here it is "Dear Mr. Duarte: Thank you for contacting me to express your support for thorough background checks of potential gun purchasers. I appreciate the opportunity to respond to your comments. Like you, I was shocked and saddened by the killings at Virginia Tech. My heart goes out to the families of the victims and the entire Virginia Tech community as they struggle to deal with this horrible loss. This dreadful event demonstrates once again that there are too many guns in this country that wind up in the wrong hands. I believe that enacting sensible gun laws is one of the most important steps we can take to keep us safe. I have fought to curb gun violence by supporting legislation that regulates the availability of guns to those who would be a danger and laws that protect children through child safety locks. I have also supported increased security in our schools and strong enforcement of firearms laws. One of my first actions in the Senate was to be an original co-sponsor of the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act. Among other things, this legislation prohibited the purchase of a firearm by anyone involuntarily committed to a mental health facility and established a background check system to alert retailers when a prospective purchaser was in violation of this or any other provision of the law. When it was enacted, the Brady bill mandated a five-day waiting period to ensure that the background check was complete and thorough. In 1998, the five-day waiting period was replaced with a 30-second instant criminal background check performed through an FBI database. The implementation of the instant background check opened gaping holes in the protections provided by the Brady Act, in large part because the FBI does not have instantaneous access to all relevant and local databases. As an original co-sponsor of the Brady Waiting Period Extension Act, I vigorously fought to give law enforcement every available resource, including time, to ensure that deadly weapons were not sold to dangerous individuals. Unfortunately, the Republican leadership of the Senate did not bring this bill to the floor for a vote. The House of Representatives is currently considering H.R.297, the NICS Improvement Act of 2007. This bill would strengthen the National Instant Criminal Background Check by improving the automation and transmittal of criminal and mental health histories to the NCIS database. I strongly support this legislation and will fight for its passage in the Senate. Again, thank you for writing to me. Please feel free to contact me again about this or any other issue of concern to you". The least we can do here on US message board, is support H.R.297, the NICS Improvement Act of 2007. Both sides can agree to this because it does not take guns out of the hands of honest gun owners, it just makes the instant background check far more efficient. So please pass the support around for H.R. 297. Or get in touch with the sen. Of your state and dont be afraid to speak your mind and learn how to help support the bills that NEED to be passed. If I can get a real response then you can too.