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GUNS: Be careful about backing initiative

Letter by Patrick T. Adamson, Tacoma on April 30, 2013 at 10:48 am | No Comments »
April 30, 2013 2:43 pm

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

The question every person should ask is whether enhancing background checks benefit the public without infringing upon our rights.

To this I say yes, but only to a point. A person being sold a gun is being trusted with a weapon of great killing potential. Society deserves a chance to make sure that person can be trusted with it.

But just as you cannot arrest someone for a crime they may commit, background and foreground checks need to be reasonably limited.

Just as a poor credit report excludes those who would likely default on loan payments, a background check is able to easily weed out those who for obvious reasons should no longer be covered under the Second Amendment, such as convicted felons. However, should such precautionary measures go too far, more of the common people would be wrongly demonized, people who deserve their right to own a firearm for their own safety or recreational purposes.

In a country where so much gun-related violence is committed with illegally obtained firearms, gun control can only do so much before it starts to harm the common man instead. I do not believe we are quite at that point, but we should all be careful of what initiatives we’re signing into law.

At what point are you condemning your neighbors prematurely, sacrificing your own rights to limit theirs?

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