Letters to the Editor

SATURDAY, JUNE 21, 2014

Gun laws not enforced

When Shawn Vestal writes a column, he’s right, most of the time, but sometimes cherry-picks. Example: Firearm checks for everyone. What he leaves out is the result.

In 2010, 6 million people applied for firearms, 78,000 were denied, 4,000 were sent by the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for prosecution, 144 were prosecuted. Is that an effective deterrence?

And total prosecutions are now lower than in 2004. In 2012, out of 90 federal courts in the United States, guess which one had the fewest number of prosecutions for gun laws? Answer: Chicago, murder capital. What good do laws do if not enforced?

He also talks about dead kids not trumping constitutional law. I wonder how he would feel if it involved the First Amendment. Ever heard of cyber bullying? It kills kids. Should we restrict the Internet, have federal chat room check laws?

Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Anderson Cooper broke Washington, D.C., law on national TV. Were they prosecuted? However, a man was for having one expended shotgun shell in his house. Does it really make sense for more laws when the present ones aren’t used?

Steven Stuart

Spokane



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