Letter: Senate's decision on

May 5, 2013 

Senate made sense

I have no issue with the NRA. They are a renowned group of Americans. My issue is with the degree of power such a group is able to hold over Congress, etc. Until then, all issues will end the same way.

It's disappointing that Tri-City Herald spends an entire two-column editorial railing against the NRA, and ignoring the facts of recent gun control proposals.

Consider the proposed expansion of background checks:

1. All licensed dealers, even at gun shows, must conduct background checks. The so-called "gun show loophole" is a myth as few sales occur between private parties without a background check.

2. It's illogical to assert that expanded background checks will affect bad guys -- who are criminals or intend to commit illegal acts, and therefore are unlikely to submit to a background check under current law.

3. The data base used for background checks is not up to date, so there is not much point in expanding its use without dealing with the information issues.

4. Nothing in the proposal would affect persons with mental illness, who are not in the data base unless adjudged to be incompetent.

5. There has been no discussion of the cost of the proposal.

Blaming the NRA is so much easier than acknowledging that the Senate voted not to enact another "feel-good" law that would have no impact on the perpetrators of violence.

Leslie Ann Hauer

West Richland

Gender-neutral terms

I was so happy to hear the news about some of the legislators and the governor working hard with a very small, but loud, group who want to change the English language to be gender neutral. Of course these changes will only apply in the State of Washington. We will now not have fishermen, wharehousmen, policemen, cowboys, cowgirls, a chairman, a foreman etc. I don't know if there will be a woman or women group. What an idiotic idea.

When will they devote more time to finding a solution for funding education. Some one needs to pull their head out of the sand and wake up to what is important.

Dale Morrison

Burbank

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