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November 3, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Gun control and I-594: The least we can do

A car has the potential to be a lethal weapon when misused but, no, I do not expect every person who drives a car to pass a breathalyzer as suggested by a recent letter writer [“An automobile analogy,” Northwest Voices, Nov. 1]. My expectation is that drivers pass a driving test, register any car they may own and buy the necessary insurance for their vehicles.

Requiring all potential gun owners to be subject to a background check when they are purchasing a potential lethal weapon is the least we can do as responsible citizens to secure some sense of responsibility on every gun owner.

A background check for all gun sales is the responsible action just as a driver’s test, registration and insurance is for using and owning a car. If it were up to me, gun ownership would include attending classes and passing a test along with the background check. There’s your analogy.

Peggy Thesing, Shoreline

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