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September 19, 2014 at 7:05 AM

I-594: Gun background checks won’t deter criminals

Supporters of Initiative 594 claim a study shows a supposed benefit of gun background checks. The premise is that I-594 “could have prevented those deaths because some of the guns used had been stolen…” They assert it “could prevent some questionable transactions and make it more difficult for criminals to get guns.”

This is the logical flaw gun-control advocates seem incapable of grasping: that criminals will always obtain guns because they are criminals. Proposed measures like I-594 will only impact law-abiding citizens. Criminals don’t care if they are breaking the law, but law-abiding citizens will diligently follow whatever cumbersome and unfair regulations are imposed out of fear of losing their gun rights. The real effect of I-594 might be to create back-door gun registration of the law abiding.

They taught us in nursery school not to punish the innocent to get at the guilty.

Believing that I-594 would reduce crime and save lives reminds me of nursery school children being asked to cheer in unison to bring Tinker Bell back to life.

Bob Wiley, Bellevue

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