May 13, 2013 at 6:04 AM
Gun background checks
Require gun registration and background checks
I am not against responsible gun ownership, even though I personally do not own a gun [“States seek to fix gun background check backlog,” seattletimes.com, May 10]. What I don’t understand is what most gun owners have to fear if gun registration were to become a requirement. It only takes a few minutes to register a gun and it would greatly reduce the chance of the wrong people gaining access to weapons.
In addition, I cannot fathom why any gun owner would want a high-capacity device. This makes no sense. Registration would make it less likely that a mentally ill person would have access to a gun. Congress must require a background check on all gun purchases.
Ruth Ann Handewith, Seattle
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