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Enforce the gun laws we have

By From page A5 | February 04, 2013

EDITOR: Rather than rushing through purposely-vague “gun control” laws, aimed at eventual confiscation, we must start with proper enforcement of current law — which isn’t happening.

VP Joe Biden, perhaps in a Freudian slip, recently said something significantly disturbing: “We need more gun laws, because we don’t have time to enforce the ones we have!”

Next, proceed with the idea of improving background checks, (yes, we already have them, but poorly-managed), listening very carefully to concerns of lawful gun owners, wary of the establishment of de facto ownership lists that would lead to easy confiscation.

Third, if Sidwell Friends School in Washington (where the Obama kids go) boasts 11 armed guards, plus a uniformed police officer, then surely, other schools certainly warrant at least one — not necessarily armed teachers — but dedicated security guards, with one mission. Protection.

Finally, since we are talking honestly here, make genuine improvements to the manner in which the severely mentally ill are monitored. In every recent case of a mass shooting, the perpetrator has been someone exhibiting noticeably aberrant behavior. Proper treatment and reporting of such a condition could have prevented any one of these tragedies.

These are all meaningful, effective steps, if we genuinely want to preclude such reoccurrences in the future. Isn’t that something worthy?

MICHAEL MIRO

El Dorado Hills

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