Reader: Republicans trying to make country like the old Wild West

TO THE EDITOR:

The House of Representatives of the U.S. Congress passed legislation in December that would allow gun owners of states that don’t require gun safety to have the right to carry guns anywhere, including federal parks and all of our schools, regardless of the safety laws of states that have them. Now the Senate is working on it.

States that have attempted to control guns would then, in essence, have their safety laws voided. If you live in Hawaii (a state that doesn’t issue gun permits), you could get a permit as a non-resident while visiting in Utah or Louisiana. Then, you could go back to Hawaii or travel to New York City, or any place else, including the school down the block and legally carry a gun.

This usurpation of states’ rights is fully justified by the bill’s backers — President Donald Trump, the National Rifle Association and many Republicans, and even some Democrats, because as the NRA puts it, all these state restrictions are inconvenient and confusing to gun owners.

For some reason what is totally left out of this picture is our and our children’s safety. We know a lot of murder and suicide is done with guns, and that we have one of the highest rates of death by guns in the whole world. We know all too sadly that it is easy to commit deadly mayhem with guns; we are reminded of that every day by awful incident after awful incident.

Please contact Sen. Debbie Stabenow and Sen. Gary Peters, and tell them you want them to oppose this legislation with all they’ve got.

Josh Swenson

Manistee

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