The majority of the American public wants Congress to pass laws that require background checks before the purchase of any weapon from a licensed gun dealer or a gun show. At gun shows, where an estimated 40 percent of guns are sold, no background checks are conducted.
The National Rifle Association opposes universal background checks, stating criminals will not purchase weapons from licensed dealers to avoid background checks.
Having universal background checks will not solve the problem of criminals having access to weapons or lower gun violence in America, according to the NRA.
The flaw in its argument is the fact that the definition of a criminal is someone who does not obey existing laws of any kind. If you take the NRA’s position to its logical conclusion, then why have any laws in place?
The NRA wants everyone to have the ability to own whatever weapon they choose, basing its argument on the Second Amendment’s individual right to bear arms.
The Supreme Court stated in the Heller decision that the government has the legal right to regulate the sale of guns and that the Second Amendment, like all of the other amendments, is not absolute. So what is the real purpose of the NRA?
The NRA doesn’t tell you major firearms manufacturers such as Smith & Wesson and Beretta have given millions of dollars to the NRA.
Sturm & Ruger donated a dollar from every gun sale to the organization from May 2011 to May 2012, raising $1.25 million for the NRA to help sell more guns and influence lawmakers nationwide to weaken or eliminate all gun laws.
And that money has been put to good use. Attempts in Congress to reinstitute the ban on assault rifles are dead and other modest reforms are in trouble, even after the massacres in Aurora, Colo., and Newtown, Conn.
Politicians, regardless of party, are more afraid of the NRA than the 90 percent of the nation that supports universal background checks. They fear the NRA bankrolling their opponent in the next election.
These gutless politicians care more about saving their jobs than the lives of the citizens they represent.
Since the massacre at Newtown, there have been 3,300 gun-related deaths in the nation. More Americans will die this year in gun-related deaths than all of the U.S. troops who died in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan combined.
It is time for us to make our politicians fear our votes more than they do the money of the NRA and reduce the number of people dying from gun violence in America.
Richard M. Thompson
Fast and dangerous
I am writing in reference to the April 2 article about raising the speed limit to 70 mph on most of the interstate highways in Ohio. (“Governor approves top-speed increases”).
It was bad judgment to pass this law. The Ohio Highway Patrol did not support the increase. Motorists driving small vehicles should not have to compete with a tractor trailer at 70 mph.
I would recommend that our legislators look at the photograph on page B1 of the April 3 edition, of the car that was hit by a tractor trailer.
William R. Stanton
After reading the April 4 article “Ohio school takes down Jesus portrait,” I was angered by how the American Civil Liberties Union bullies its way into convincing people that a portrait of Jesus is offensive to anyone.
Threatening to sue the school was wrong. As anyone should know, the Constitution is about freedom “of religion,” not freedom “from religion.”
Christina D. Arrington
We live in the throw-away age. When something breaks down or no longer works, you throw it away.
Let’s throw away the charter schools.