Letter: Gun control debate is all about mid-term elections

April 23, 2013 

The gun control debate has focused on the Senate, but as a matter of fact, what happened there is likely irrelevant. The Republican-dominated House would more than likely have scuttled any gun control measures that the Senate passed.

That is really the object of the legislation -- to blame the Republicans in the House for its failure. Then next year, when we vote for representatives, the Democrats can say not only are their competition in favor of dirty water and air, global warming and greenhouse gasses, but that they are in favor of putting school children in harm's way.

It is kind of a reversal of the 1992 Republican takeover of the House. Then, the electorate objected to the Clinton assault weapons ban. Here the Democrats are hoping for the electorate to object to obstructionism to the gun control measure. I don't think it will work, but we will see.

LEN SHURE, Pasco

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