Letter: Stricter law enforcement answer to gun violence

February 13, 2013 

Regarding the National Rifle Association's ad that mention's President Obama's kids.

What are our children? Chopped liver? They breathe, walk and talk just like Obama's kids. Don't they deserve the same rights and protection that his kids do?

There is an old adage that what is good for the goose is good for the gander.

Gun control is not the answer to all the violence that goes on in the schools or the streets for that matter. It's the laws. When laws are not enforced or the penalties are so lax that criminals know that nothing will happen when they commit a crime, then it's going to continue. For example, a woman was sentenced to six months for having three children in her trunk while speeding down Interstate 405. That's a slap on the wrist.

Enforce the laws. Make the penalties so stiff that people will understand that their actions will not be tolerated. Crack down on the gang bangers. Even if they are under 17, they should be treated as adults and receive the maximum for the crimes they commit.

STEVEN HARRISON. Prosser

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