Published DateTo the editor,
I would like to thank John M. Rodgers and Bill Dawson for their reasoned and balanced letters on firearms. We need to hear from sensible gun owners. The NRA does not represent its membership well nor are they in tune with the Supreme Court's most recent ruling on the issue; DC vs Heller, 2008. A hefty 74 percent of NRA members support universal background checks. Nationally, the figure is 91 percent. Universal checks are a done deal unless the right wing brats in the U.S. House obstruct them. Wayne Lapierre, who seems to have no conscience, is nothing more than a well paid lackey for the gun manufacturers. Consider his 1999 view that universal background checks are reasonable. Why the change? Did he experience a concussion? Drugs maybe? Why the radical flip-flop from being sane to insane? Gun nuts remind me of the Baader-Meinhoff gang. This gang of left wing German terrorists of the 1970s and 1980s was pathologically fearful and hateful towards government.
The gun nut argument against universal background checks rests upon a ridiculous assumption that criminals will get guns anyway. So its pointless to even try? That is warped thinking. Since rape laws don't always work should be say we don't need them? The gun nut stance only makes it easier for dangerous people to get weapons. They are oblivious to such a reasonable line of thought. Gun shows promote loopholes and grey markets. Licensed dealers have to do background checks but some tables sell with "no questions asked" and "no background checks". These tables are magnets to felons and felons to be and this has not even occurred to the paranoid extremists. Hello? Anyone home?