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GUNS: A common thread to our national insecurity

Letter by Christopher Staeheli, Tacoma on April 26, 2013 at 10:26 am | No Comments »
April 26, 2013 10:56 am

Background checks provide a false sense of security. America needs a universal foreground check.

Local violent shootings by a police chief, soldiers and citizens tell us that passing a background check does not predict the impossibility of future explosive gun violence. A foreground check tells us it is foreseeable that more disgruntled, alienated and agitated men will legally obtain guns for mass shootings.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., says our national security system failed in Benghazi and Boston, where a total of seven died. Our national security system also failed to foresee and prevent the killings of 33 at Virginia Tech, the 26 at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the 24 in Killeen, the six in Tucson, the six at Northern Illinois University and the 13 at Fort Hood.

We failed to secure weapons depots in Iraq that later armed the disgruntled young male insurgents who killed thousands of Americans. Radicalized men, at home or abroad, with easy access to weapons meant only for mass killing are the common thread threatening our security.

Whether the guns came from Turkey, Walmart or an Internet purchase, Republican senators should express equal anger about the weapons obtained that killed four Americans at Benghazi and more than 900 Americans in mass shootings on our own soil.

The Monday after the Sandy Hook massacre, I received a pamphlet titled, “Restoring Sense of Safety in the Aftermath of a Mass Shooting: Tips for Parent and Professionals.” Our only response to a foreground check is to be ready to counsel our children on how to deal with the aftermath of mass shootings.

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