LETTER: Government should focus on enforcing existing gun laws

May. 01, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

To the Editor:

I am writing in light of the stats by the left that have been brought forward about gun control. I keep hearing that 90 percent of Americans are in favor of expanded background checks. Anyone with a little common sense knows that these numbers are a little tainted.

It wouldn’t be the first time that mainstream media or the Obama administration has put out unreal numbers to polls, right? This is pure propaganda at its best. Who are they polling? People attending the anti-gun rally? Ninety percent of Americans don’t know the difference between a clip and a magazine, and these are the people who are supposed to be for expanded background checks? These are the same people who think you can waltz into a gun show and buy a gun from a dealer with no background check, and the same ones who want to make it where you can’t buy your own kid a shotgun.

These are not the views of the majority of America. These are the views of someone trying to push an agenda, and that agenda is attacking the Second Amendment.

I think that the current government, state and federal, needs to focus on enforcing the current gun laws that are on the books now. No more plea bargains for criminals who use firearms in their crimes, mandatory sentencing for felons caught in possession of firearms — these are just a few things that could be better enforced to stop gun violence. If a person is caught with drugs and a firearm, there should be no best deal for them. These are the things that true Americans want to see.

As we speak, if you want to purchase a handgun in North Carolina legally, your first stop is the sheriff’s office of your county to fill out an application that includes some intense questions, a character witness and their signature. Then the sheriff’s office does a national background check before your permit to purchase is issued. If you want to purchase a rifle or shotgun, your name is run through an NICS instant background check. Do you not trust the local government to do their jobs?

Jonathan Gonia

Lee County