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Letters to the editor, April 28


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Talking guns

In reference to Martin Dyckman, here is another Florida voice. The shame is not that the gun-control measure did not pass the Senate, but the real crime is that our government is not enforcing the existing gun laws. 

All of the pundits seem to ignore some very basic information.  What are some of the current laws and how often are they applied involving the criminal use of guns?

What about:

18 U.S. C. 922(g) – for possession of a firearm or ammunition by a felon, fugitive, or drug user. Penalty – 10 years.

18 U.S.C. 922(j) – For possession of a stolen firearm. Penalty – 10 years.

18 U.S.C. 922(i) – for shipment or transport of a stolen firearm across state lines. Penalty – 10 years.

18 U.S.C924(b) – for shipping, transporting, or receipt of a firearm across state lines with intent to commit a felony. Penalty – 10 years.

18 U.S.C.924(j) – for committing murder while possessing a firearm in connection with a crime of violence or drug trafficking.  Penalty – death penalty or up to life imprisonment.

And if you look even further you can find more examples about existing laws that would address the criminal element and guns that are rarely, if ever, used.

My point is that there already plenty of laws on the books that are not enforced; why would more be necessary. A GOP-backed amendment intended to replace Manchin-Toomey would have broadened resources for mental health, school safety and gun prosecutions, and that failed 52-48.

Therein lies much of the problem since we as a society appear to be reluctant to address mental-health issues. Is that because we have become too politically correct and don’t want to “profile” those that would appear to cause the most harm to our society? Or maybe you have a better reason.

Most of the recent violent crimes would not have been prevented with the bill before the Senate, so why complicate and open the door for more erosion of our Constitution. 

Maybe Dyckman can explain to me the background-check proposal. It seems as though guns sold at legitimate gun shows already require a background check. 

And looking on the Internet for guns sales from legitimate business sellers already require the transaction be completed with a registered dealer who has a Federal Firearms License before the purchase can be completed.  

So, would this background-check proposal stop the clandestine selling of guns in back alleys and parking lots from illegally obtained guns or other criminals? I think not.

George Cooper

Weeki Wachee

Taking responsibility

So the parents of the Boston Marathon bombers are coming to America to denounce us for killing one of their sons and charging the other one with murder.  

Will the parents of these two Muslim terrorists talk to the mother and father of the slain 8-year-old boy and the parents of the two young women murdered and tell them their sons are innocent? 

How about talking to those who lost their limbs just because they were out for a day to celebrate those who ran in the marathon. 

Perhaps they should go to the mosques around America and tell them how innocent their sons are. 

I’m sure they will get more sympathy there than in our cities and towns. Let them have their say — let them explain why their sons so hated America, which gave them opportunities they could not imagine in their homeland, that they felt the need to kill and maim the innocent. 

And when they’re finished with their crusade for justice, put them back on a plane and send them back to that Stone Age world they came from where they breed the scum of the earth.

Ron Dakin

Spring Hill

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