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I’m writing this letter in response to Rob Conroy’s June 24 letter “Real Gun Control” demanding more gun control laws.

To Mr. Conroy and everyone else who shares his view, I’d like to say that the answer is “No.”

We’re living in a chess world and you expect us to play checkers. What I mean by this is that what you’re calling “universal background checks” are merely a mechanism by which back-door registration can take place.

Recent and long-term history has demonstrated that registration is primarily a tool for confiscation. It happened in New York, it happened in California and it’s happening right now in Connecticut.

If you want to have any chance at expanding background checks, allow private citizens access to the Pennsylvania and National Instant Criminal Background Check System without the need for a federal firearms license to keep a Firearms Transaction Record indefinitely.

If better background checks are truly your goal, you’ll support that. It’s a solution that gives you what you say you want while protecting what we want.

Violent crime is at a generational low in this country, the trend is continuing downward and I find your grave-dancing exploitation of the tragic deaths of children to be despicable.

WALTER GIBSON

North Versailles


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