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October 7, 2014 at 6:03 AM

Gun control: Background-check inconvenience worth it to keep guns from criminals

No one needs a gun, especially a handgun. The idea that a handgun is essential for self protection is a myth. If someone is pointing a gun at you then it’s too late for you to pull yours out on them. A handgun is worthless for hunting.

What exactly is the objection to conducting a background check on a potential buyer? [“I-591 would keep the state out of your gun cabinet,” Opinion, Oct. 4]. If you are a legal purchaser you would get your gun. You might have to wait a few hours or a few days, but what’s the rush? It’s not something that you need right now, and if you are that impatient to start shooting, then perhaps you shouldn’t be allowed to own one.

The government is not going to invade your home and take away your guns. Gun-rights advocates say that they need their guns in order to keep the government from confiscating them. It’s illogical, paranoid reasoning, especially given the fact that there are already almost enough firearms in private hands to arm every man, woman and child in the country. The government would not need a list in order to come after your guns. All they would have to do is go door-to-door, and they would likely find one.

If background checks keep one criminal from obtaining a firearm, then it is worth any minor inconvenience that legal owners would encounter.

Marshall Dunlap, Kent

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