Advertisement

You will be redirected to the page you want to view in  seconds.

Letter: Background checks on gun buyer make all safe

3:22 PM, Apr. 15, 2013  |  Comments
  • Filed Under

The National Rifle Association's Wayne LaPierre irrationally claims that universal background checks would just penalize law abiding citizens. That's like saying that licensing drivers just punishes those who qualify to get a driver's license. Aren't the roads safer for all of us because of licensing?

The contradiction in LaPierre's statement is that sales in gun shows and other private sales provide no assurance that the buyer is not a felon or mentally ill. The seller in private sales is in no position to judge whether a buyer is legally qualified to buy a gun.

There is no doubt that the flow of firearms to those who cannot legally buy them will diminish with universal background checks. The only qualification for buying a firearm in a gun show is having enough money in your wallet. Sellers in gun shows and other private sales are in no way qualified to make the determination that a buyer is qualified. The omnipresent gun shows, where sales are considered private, should be brought under the law.

Furthermore, sellers at gun shows have a conflict of interest. They make a profit only if they make a sale. Being fussy about the qualifications of a buyer reduces the chance of making a sale. After all, if a seller at one booth refuses a sale, the felon or insane buyer can just go to the next booth, where they will encounter the same lack of expertise and conflict of interest.

Selling a firearm with a background check actually protects the seller. The responsibility for qualifying the buyer then falls on the background check process.

Therefore, those of us who buy guns legally must step up to the plate and go through the simple process of passing a background check, even when we are not purchasing through a licensed dealer. It's for our safety, too. Who wants an unqualified felon or insane person near them on a firing range or while hunting?

Jerry Ugland

Plover

What's your take on the Packers Family Night change?

Retrieving results.
Watching practice is fine.(Your vote)
15%
576 votes
I'd rather watch a scrimmage.(Your vote)
23%
856 votes
I don't want to pay to watch practice.(Your vote)
27%
1018 votes
It doesn't matter to me.(Your vote)
34%
1272 votes

Catch up on the latest in our pregame show every game day.

Football fans

If you've ever answered "Who has the ball?" with "It's halftime," you might recognize The Airhead. Check out the characters in our cartoon gallery of oddball fans.

Special Reports

ORDER YOURS

Football fans

If you've ever answered "Who has the ball?" with "It's halftime," you might recognize The Airhead. Check out the characters in our cartoon gallery of oddball fans.

Special Reports