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GUNS: Shameful failure to address gun violence

Letter by Brittany Hale, Tacoma on April 30, 2013 at 10:53 am with No Comments »
April 30, 2013 2:42 pm

Re: “Senators ignore American public on background checks” (editorial, 4-19).

“Shameful” is an accurate word to describe the injustice dealt to the American people with the failure of the background checks bill in the U.S. Senate.

Some have argued that because requiring background checks wouldn’t put an end to gun violence in its entirety it simply isn’t worth pursuing. However, if passing legislation that helps secure the market for firearms can spare one innocent life, then there is certainly a purpose.

Without universal background checks, what is the point of laws that prohibit unfit individuals from purchasing firearms in the first place? Submitting to a background check should be a requirement for nothing else but to support the laws that are currently in place.

The failure of this bill should infuriate those who call for greater regulation of big business. This time it was the NRA – ardently claiming to defend the Second Amendment but more likely seeking to maintain its members revenue from the sale of guns – that came out to circumvent common-sense legislation meant to protect American citizens from firearms in the hands of criminals.

According to an FBI Uniform Crime Report, 47,856 people were murdered using a firearm between 2006 and 2010. If the shootings, murders and suicides that have already scarred our society aren’t enough to inspire simple change, then I shudder to imagine what will.

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