Letters to the editor - Thursday (5-2-2013)

  • Posted: Thursday, May 2, 2013 12:19 a.m.

Background check defeat a bipartisan failure of reason

The “expanded background check” bill was a simple bipartisan common sense proposal requiring background checks for gun purchases at gun shows, or privately.

U.S. senators of both parties voted against allowing it to move forward, in spiteof overwhelming support. The loudest argument of the opponents was that such laws would not prevent all instances of guns obtained by the wrong people. By extension, this reasoning of the NRA and its dependent legislators would negate laws for murder, rape, treason and every other crime because the laws have not eliminated all instances of these crimes. By extending this flawed reasoning, we should away with the all of the antiterrorism precautions because of the “Marathon Incident.” The obvious fallacy of such a position raises real questions about the integrity and reasoning ability of those who espouse it.

What are the opposing senators and the gun lobby really frightened over? Could the viability of their re-election finances be the true concern of the senators? Could the gun industry’s financial support be the NRA’s concern?

Was it because they believed their own distorted disinformation campaign? Was it self-interest in assuring lobbyist support their re-election finances?

Whatever their reasons, they brought shame on the U.S. Senate and revealed the flaws in their intellect and personal character.

Apparently, bipartisanship is most likely to be manifest in the business of re-election and not the interests of the country.

— Richard Sorensen


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