Letter: Background check, safety training should be prerequisite to gun ownership

March 24, 2013 

Gun control is obviously a highly debated issue, and now even more so because of recent tragedies such as the one in Newtown, Conn. I understand where both sides are coming from on this issue. However, there is a possible option that could serve as a middle ground for both sides.

I agree that people should have a right to "bear arms" as stated in the Constitution (otherwise, why would it be there?), but there should be an extensive process to obtain a gun.

Hopeful gun owners should have to get a background check, as has recently been discussed in the media, and part of that background check should include proof of a psychiatric evaluation.

In addition to this, mandatory lessons on how to safely use a gun should be set in place. These two requirements would not only prevent more psychologically unstable people from getting their hands on a gun, but would also show others how to safely use a gun, causing the rate of accidental gun tragedies to decrease.

BRITTNEY STOCKER, Kennewick

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