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GUNS: Background check is just common sense

Letter by Sarah Nicole Hike, Gig Harbor on April 30, 2013 at 11:14 am | No Comments »
April 30, 2013 2:38 pm

Re: “Gun background checks may see ballot” (TNT, 4-29).

Asking for a background check on someone who is trying to purchase a gun seems like common sense. I am unsure as to why one would be opposed to such a thing in the first place.

I don’t know whether it is the fear of being on a “government list,” in which case I do not believe that the government is so weak that it needs people to buy guns to create some sort of list. If the government wants to track a citizen down, it has the power to do so; it doesn’t need a registered gun list.

As far as the Second amendment goes, there is still the question of how the founding fathers actual meant for that to be interpreted. Did they mean it for individuals or just the state’s militia? However it was meant, I do not understand the harm in requiring a background check before purchasing a gun. If anything it might help save a few lives.

The United States has one of the highest gun death rates in the world, so it’s probably time to start making some changes.

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