Gun laws won’t stop criminals

In response to Jim Rapp’s letter published April 21, I take issue with the statement the Senate went against the wishes of 90 percent of the American people. I have yet to see a survey showing 90 percent of the American public favored the flawed bill the Senate voted down on April 17. The bill in question would have done nothing to curtail the activities of the criminal element, nor would it have prevented terrorist attacks. Buckeye Firearms recently published a report stating 90 percent of police officers questioned stated the bill mandating universal background checks would not curtail crime.

We already have laws that cover background checks, as was stated in David Boso’s letter also published on the 21st, titled “No Gun Sale Loophole.” Newtown already had a law restricting the sale of assault weapons. So how could such a massacre happen in Newtown if it were against the law? Fact is, laws alone do not stop crime.

Years ago we had laws against the sale of liquor, some might remember prohibition. What affect did this have? Backwoods stills went into business and supplied liquor to those who wanted it. Money was to be made and there are always some who will break the law for a chance to make money.

In the 1980s Nancy Reagan started the war on drugs. Yet still today we have drugs available on the streets and people willing to supply those drugs to make money.

There was a time when it was against the law to sell or provide guns to the Indians. Men broke the law and sold guns to the Indians because there was money to me made.

Criminals and terrorists would not be affected by background checks. They either steal guns or buy them from someone who sells guns on the black market .

So what can we do to prevent crime and terrorist attacks? We already have laws on the books. We need to enforce what is there. We need stiffer penalties for anyone committing a crime with a gun, as well as stiffer penalties for anyone carrying a gun without a license or selling guns illegally. Go after the criminal, not the law-abiding citizen. Blanket laws make the law-abiding citizen go through more hoops, make opportunity for people who would profit from black market selling of weapons, and do not stop crime. This concept has been proven with prohibition laws and with drug laws.

Greg Perrine

Reedsville, Ohio