Letters to the Editor

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Tag: ATF

April
19th

GUNS: Tell whole story on background checks

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

I understand that this is an editorial piece by The New Tribune editorial board, but you give no reason why the senators would reject this legislation other than insinuating, with the associated cartoon, that the NRA bought them out.

Why don’t you report that the records required during the sale of the firearm can be used to create a gun registry? While the bill currently makes this illegal, these records (form 4473) are required to be kept for 20 years by the seller. Another bill could simply remove the

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Dec.
27th

GUNS: Stop blocking much-needed research

Why has Congress prevented the Centers for Disease Control and the National Institutes of Health from studying gun safety? Why cannot the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives release the data it has on gun safety?

Let’s get some facts and data so we can address the issue of guns intelligently. Until that happens, Americans will just scream at each other and nothing will get done about the recurring massacres in our country.

July
2nd

HOLDER: Attorney general is guilty

Re: “House action deserving of contempt” (letter, 7-1).

Operation “Fast and Furious” allowed over 2,000 firearms to cross the border into Mexico. Border Agent Brian Terry was killed as a direct result of this gross negligence. The government officials who are responsible for this failed ATF program have not only Terry’s blood on their hands but also that of all the Mexican citizens killed with these weapons.

This is not a political ploy, Attorney General Eric Holder lied to Congress about his involvement and knowledge of “Fast and Furious.”

Kent resident Benedict C. Ladera was recently sentenced to a

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March
7th

GUNS: ATF seizures hardly a ‘river’ of firearms

Re: “U.S. guns flowing to Mexico” (TNT, 3-6).

I pulled the latest numbers available from the ATF for firearms manufactured in the U.S. in 2009. Excluding exports, the total was 5,230,697. The 2,633 firearms seized by the ATF in the Southwest border states is only .050 percent of that number.

The NRA states there was 250 million privately owned firearms in the U.S. in 2009. Add that to the number manufactured and we get 255,230,697. That knocks the 2,633 seized firearms down to an imperceptible .001031 percent of the total firearms in circulation that year.

I would hardly call that

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