Many of us already get background checks for our jobs, including me, and I don’t really understand what the fuss is about — unless, of course, one fears getting a denial letter in the mail. If Deming has any other reason besides this one for refusing a background check, I would love to hear what that is.
A much more reasoned discussion was written by Mike Barnett on Sunday, Jan. 27. As a gun owner, Barnett is concerned that a misunderstanding of the terminology for assault weapons will outlaw his deer rifle and quail shotgun. This is a legitimate fear that a lot of gun owners have that needs to be addressed so these types of guns are not outlawed. I think the vast majority of us agree with this, if only we could see our way through the extremist rants.
Barnett then highlights several common-sense ideas such as “more diligent background checks and serious required gun safety classes,” yet he also shares a legitimate hesitancy about the transparency that has been lacking in this debate. I share the same concern.
Only through honest and civil discourse can transparency be assured, and I would like to thank Mike Barnett for his ideas.
ALLISON LEE PALMER