Background checks on all gun sales are needed

To the editor:

Explain to me why the Republican-led Senate recently voted to allow anyone on a terrorists watch-list to purchase a gun! What the Republicans in the Senate are saying is that people are so scary that we won’t let them board an airplane even though we have security at the airport, but we don’t think they are scary enough to keep them from buying a gun.

If you learn that your name is mistakenly on that list, there is a procedure to have it removed. What the Senate is also saying, illogically, that it’s more important that a person who is on this watch-list by mistake be allowed to buy a gun than to prevent many potential terrorists on this watch-list from buying guns.

I know the Second Amendment says that you have a right to own a gun, but we can make an exception for terrorists, right?

The United States is 5 percent of the world’s population but owns 40 percent of the world’s guns. With this many guns streaming through the general population, the problem is how to keep them out of the hands of people who are intent on violence.

Explain to me again why we can’t insist on background checks on everyone who buys a gun, no exceptions. Today, a potential terrorist or murderer can buy a gun at a gun show, on the Internet or through private sale without a background check. That should stop! A straw purchaser can buy guns legally and then go into the city and sell them to gang members without the requirement that the recipients of these sales pass a background check.

If I promise not to take away your gun, will you promise to insist on universal background checks?

Gary Gill