Letter: Some of

April 2, 2013 

The real world

I read, with dismay, the letters in this paper who call the people that defend our Second Amendment "gun nuts" or "right-wing extremist." Isn't it ironic those same people use their First Amendment right to show everyone how ignorant they are when it comes to history?

I wish I lived in your world of puppy dogs, rainbows and magic mushrooms. A great philosopher, aka comedian named Ron White, once said, "You can't fix stupid." It's time to put down the pipe and pick up a history book. You might also want to read the Constitution, even though it was written by Second Amendment gun nuts and right-wing extremists.

MIKE WINGFIELD

Richland

Government support

The letter by Edward Rykiel (March 12) forces me to respond. Normally, I ignore outrageous rants by either side of an issue. I don't know what media Mr. Rykiel follows, but it is not anything by the NRA or any responsible armed citizens.

The following is a quote by Wayne LaPierre, NRA Executive Vice President.

"We, the American people, clearly see the daunting forces we will undoubtedly face: terrorists, crime, drug gangs, the possibility of Euro-style debt riots, civil unrest or natural disaster. Gun owners are not buying firearms because they anticipate a confrontation with the government. Rather, we anticipate confrontations where the government isn't there -- or simply doesn't show up in time."

BILL GRAVES

Richland

Unrealistic expectations

A recent letter questioned why the NRA and many firearm owners are against background checks. I am not against background checks to keep firearms out of criminal hands if the legislation used common sense and was simple.

Under Chuck Schumer's bill you have to do checks on your own family members and other relatives. If you live with a roommate and leave on vacation for more than seven days, that constitutes a "transfer" and you can be jailed for up to five years. If you are on public or private land doing some target practice, you cannot hand your friend a rifle and have him test fire it; that is a transfer. If you have a friend on relative who want to borrow a shotgun for hunting, that is illegal and treated as transfer.

There are more ridiculous circumstances in the full bill.

The trouble is that all people know is what they hear on the news about needing background checks and it sounds good to them. But they do not bother to read the actual legislation and discover all the absurd sections that make no sense or are invasive upon law abiding citizens.

MARK JOHNSON

Kennewick

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