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GUNS: Support for checks depends on the question

Letter by Darren K. McDonald, Puyallup on April 22, 2013 at 12:43 pm | No Comments »
April 22, 2013 2:49 pm

I find it ironic that The News Tribune feels that our senators ignored the American public (editorial, 4-19). I’m a strong Second Amendment supporter who took the time to contact my representatives over the course of this debate. I personally received responses from our officials in Washington, D.C., and locally here in Washington State. I was not ignored.

I really have to question the often-cited figure that 90 percent of Americans support background checks. Most Americans can’t agree on what they want for dinner, let alone agree on something as volatile as religion, abortion or gun control. A CNN poll broke the numbers down for those who support background checks to 83 percent for gun shows, 70 percent for private sales and 50 percent for transfers to family members. So I guess the numbers really depend on specifically what question you ask.

The News Tribune is an ardent supporter of gay rights. Every accomplishment by this minority group is proudly heralded in the paper as another civil rights milestone. Why is the tone so different for minority groups involved in causes the editorial board doesn’t agree with? Shame on you, News Tribune.

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