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October 17, 2014 at 6:06 AM

Gun control: Many shooters pass background checks

My mailbox assaulted me with a slick, expensive flyer funded by Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility (WAGR) promoting Initiative 594, requiring background checks of all gun transfers, as if every gun owner was about to go crazy and shoot up a school [“Poll: Rival gun measures lose backing, but I-594 more popular,” Local News, Oct. 13].

Should we require federal background checks of all drivers because some might drink and drive?

The flyer is designed to con people into feeling they’ve done something about gun violence if they vote for I-594, mandating background checks for private transfers even between two friends. Here’s some truth:

Jared Loughner (who shot U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords) passed a background check. James Holmes (the Colorado movie theater shooter) passed one too. So did Seattle’s Naveed Haq and Santa Barbara’s Elliot Rodger. Adam Lanza (the Newtown, Conn., killer) stole guns from his mother, who had passed several background checks. Cities with murder rates among the nation’s highest (Detroit, Baltimore) have background checks.

Now I-594 will criminalize us all if we trade guns privately. Vote no on I-594.

Rick Rogers, Clarkston

 

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