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This is no time for half-measures on gun control

So, let me get this straight: After the horrific massacre of 20 helpless children and six staff in Newtown, Conn., Congress has finally decided to take some action to protect the public. But instead of doing anything to get rid of the weapons of mass murder, they are busy arguing over whether every gun transaction should come with a background check and a record of the sale. Say, WHAT?

In the article “Congress will begin debate on gun control legislation” (Page A11, Feb. 24) we learn that Senators Charles Schumer and Tom Coburn are working on legislation that would expand background checks to “nearly all gun purchases,” but that Coburn won’t support a move to have private gun sellers keep records of those sales for fear that, in the reporter’s words, it would be a precursor to a national gun registry.

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THIS is the best our government can do to keep our babies safe?

Let’s pretend that I am an angry, bitter person with a burning desire to die and to take a bunch of innocents with me. I can’t go buy my Bushmaster rifle and 3,000 rounds at Walmart, but that’s OK. I can just stroll up to the local private dealer, plunk down some cash, and waltz right out the door, armed to the teeth.

Surely the US government can do better.

Karen Shiebler

Winchendon

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