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Gun buyers’ inconvenience serves the greater good

I just want to thank Sen. Dan Coats for proving the point I was making last night to my kids. I was telling them that the bill before the Senate regarding background checks for online sales and at gun shows would fail.

I knew it would because the majority of Congress doesn’t care about the constituency it represents. Both sides of the aisle use tragedies such as Sandy Hook as a political football to rev up their base. Coats and his peers only care about who’s padding their wallet, and none of them have any intention of doing anything meaningful.

This bill might not prevent another Sandy Hook, but why in the world would you not try? Why make it easier for these people to get their hands on firearms? It would punish law-abiding gun owners as much as it punishes the rest of us every time we walk through a metal detector. That violates my right to privacy, but I willingly do it for the greater good.

Shame on Coats. Personally, I’m getting a little tired of being represented by people who are so clearly self-serving and have no regard for the people they claim to represent.

Good luck to Coats if he decides to run for re-election. Hopefully by then Hoosiers will wake up and give him the retirement he tried to have before. He can go back to living in Virginia.


Protesters misunderstand responsibility of freedom

Terry Doran’s letter of April 15 was about Doran’s group’s protest at BAE against drones. An employee of BAE held up a sign that read “We protect those who protect us.” Doran asked, “And who would that be? And protect us from what?”

That would be the men and women in our armed forces protecting us from terrorists and keeping our country free so people like Doran can protest. Doran asked, “Do you have more to fear from … a banker taking your home, or an insurgent in a cave somewhere in Afghanistan?” Apparently, Doran has already forgotten 9/11, which was planned by insurgents in caves in Afghanistan. And you do not need to fear the banker as long as you make your mortgage payment.

I would assume that this protest group was also against our raid into Pakistan to kill Osama bin Laden because we didn’t get permission from Pakistan.

I would request that this group take its protest against “the culture of killing” to Iran, Somalia, Syria, North Korea, etc. Let’s see how far they get with their protest against our enemies.

ED MUHLER Fort Wayne

Background checks better than other gun-control plans

I feel that gun control shouldn’t be a law. Guns don’t kill people; people kill people. There are many more killings by other means than guns.

Some cities with the strictest gun laws have the most murders. Example: Chicago with more than 500 people murdered. If you can’t carry a concealed firearm, only lawbreaking citizens will have guns.

Gun control takes away citizens’ protection. I believe many people use guns to protect themselves and their families. Shouldn’t people have the right to protect their family?

Gun control violates the Constitution. The Second Amendment protects the right to bear arms. They would be taking away the rights the Founding Fathers gave us.

It’s not the guns; it’s the people who kill with guns. Extended background checks would help prevent criminals and the mentally ill from obtaining the guns. Wouldn’t the U.S. be a better place with fewer murders?

DEREK SCHAADT Monroeville Grade 5