I'm having a hard time understanding why gun rights advocates are against universal background checks. If you're a responsible adult who's not a felon and you want guns for hunting or protection, why wouldn't you want this?
I haven't heard or seen anything indicating Second Amendment rights will be compromised. Where do they get the idea the government will create a registry, include a tax and confiscate weapons? Is it National Rifle Association fear-mongering, or do some who fear this actually have something to hide?
Had these reforms been in place, or if existing laws had been enforced, would the horrific shootings we've seen have taken place? Maybe, but can't we try?
By the way, if you drive a car, practice medicine or own a salon or tavern, you must have a license. Were you afraid the government would take your vehicle or business because you had to have one? Get real!
We live in a violent world, and I don't see that changing. But we can do our part, which includes getting rid of violent videos and TV programs, too.
Congress hasn't managed to accomplish much over the past few years, so why would I have hoped they would now? They sold their souls to the NRA.
-- Marilyn Simons, Linden