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GUNS: No law on the books protected Amina

Letter by Matt Condit, Gig Harbor on Jan. 3, 2013 at 10:03 am with No Comments »
January 3, 2013 12:48 pm

A recent letter writer (TNT, 1-2) brought up the tired old NRA dogma regarding just enforcing “the gun laws that are already on the books” as the answer to gun violence.

The writer has apparently not been following the Amina Bowman case in The News Tribune. Here is a case in which two absolutely irresponsible gun owners (but not felons) allowed a child access to a weapon that made it into a school and nearly killed a little girl.

The story I remember reading was a follow-up regarding the fact that prosecutors had no clear law or precedent to hold the two adults accountable in a meaningful way and felt like they were going out on a legal limb to pursue an appropriate penalty. They no doubt had combed over all “the books.”

My guess is that Amina’s parents don’t buy this tired old NRA tripe. What we need are clear, tough gun storage laws. This would have protected Amina or made the prosecution of the parents a slam dunk. Let’s enforce that law.

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