Letters to the Editor

Letters | Lack of attention for criminals in gun debate

The editorial page cartoon, (‘Nuclear kitchen’, March 27 Valley Record) with an attitude, seems to be poking a thumb in the eye of whomever manages, or mismanages, the Hanford nuclear waste mess.

Nowhere in the piece do I see an image of Nevada Senator Harry Reid, who bears a good deal of the blame for effectively blocking utilization of the Yucca Flat waste repository in his state.

We taxpayers shelled out a goodly sum to build that thing and many of Reid’s constituents took home those tax dollars while building it and there it sits, unused.

Then, gunowner Mr. Seaton (“What if bad guys wear white hats,” Letters, March 27) seems to be distancing himself from any possible association with the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre. I guess that’s understandable. I’ve been a life member for the past 40-plus years and I can see LaPierre’s fervor as little different than, say, the ACLU defending with equal fervor the “right” of the KKK or the American Nazi Party, for a couple of examples, to march in a Fourth of July parade, the thought of which nauseates me.

Background checks are carried out hundreds of times daily. What LaPierre (and I join him) is concerned about is the focus on the law-abiding and the apparent lack of attention being paid to the criminal element in our society.

There seems to be no follow-up on those who fail a background check. Why not?

The Seattle Times reported recently that one of the killers of the Tuba-Man ran afoul of the law recently after being reported prowling cars. The SPD stopped him and found a stolen AR-15 in the trunk of his car. He and two friends were on their way to “a house that sells guns”, reportedly to steal some guns—no background check to steal the “assault rifle”, undoubtedly no licensed dealer at the “house that sells guns”, and, no background checks needed for the planned stolen guns.

It was recently reported that three cities with the most outspoken mayors against guns, L.A., Chicago and New York, were in districts with the least number (of 90 districts) of prosecuted federal gun crimes.

What’s wrong with that picture?

George Crotts

North Bend


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