Writer inspired to comment on gun control

The letter of April 20, “Politics tramples will of the people,” has so many half-truths, and outright lies, that it would have made me laugh. However, the writer clearly felt they were conveying correct information. I guess that’s what you get when people actually believe what they hear on network TV news.

The writer bemoans the fact that the “Universal Background Check” bill was defeated because of a maneuver used in Congress by the minority party that requires a “60 vote” standard to pass a bill to avoid a filibuster by the minority party that is opposing a specific piece of legislation. It’s been used for years, by both parties, on any number of bills.

A few years back when Democrats were in the minority in Congress, a bill to allow National Reciprocity for concealed carry permits. It would have viewed a Concealed Carry permit in a similar manner that Drivers Licenses are viewed in the United States. The bill had started in the House of Representatives, and passed 272-154. When it went into the Senate, the Democrats (then the minority party) invoked the “super majority” standard. The bill failed in the Senate by either 1 or 2 votes below the 60 vote standard.

No, Concealed Carry permit holders were not exactly overjoyed at the result. But we also didn’t claim it was unconstitutional, nor did we claim that it trampled the will of the people. We moved on.

The writer claims wide-spread support of expanded background checks, with numbers of 82 to 93 percent of Americans supporting this bill. I’d question the numbers reported in the media, as I also heard much different numbers from polls asking the same question. I myself called both Ohio Senator’s offices several times in the days leading up to the vote, and though what I was told is simply something conveyed by staffers, it seems a good many Ohio voters were calling their respective offices. The staffer at Senator Portman’s office relayed the comments that the vast majority of callers were asking that the Senator oppose the bill.

Had this bill actually been well written, perhaps it would have had a chance of passing. For a good period of time, there was no actual bill, just a summary of bullet points.

But, for the outright lies, there are existing laws that require background checks for firearm sales at gun shows and for internet sales. Any licensed gun dealer at a gun show runs a background check for any firearm sale. Any internet sale requires the firearm to be shipped to a dealer in the area the buyer resides in, and before the firearm is transferred, the local dealer runs a background check on the buyer.

Patrick Offenberger