Gun-bill result sickening

People congratulating themselves on the U.S. Senate defeat of a stronger gun law need a serious reality check.

They’re congratulating themselves that a convicted felon, a domestic abuser or a severely and dangerously mentally disturbed individual can go to a gun show or go online and purchase a gun with no background check. Fully 40 percent of all gun sales take place in gun shows and online, where background checks are not required.

Thank goodness violent criminals and the seriously mentally disturbed continue to have unlimited access to weapons that can be used to dismember 6- and 7-year-olds. Congratulations to all you who fell for the lie that a very watered-down bill, asking for basic background checks, would somehow create a federal gun registry (even though the bill specifically prohibited the creation of such a registry.)

Thank goodness the National Rifle Association and the gun lobby won’t lose a dime and will be able to continue to buy the votes of elected officials across the nation.

How “courageous” of U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, to stand up to the families of gun violence and declare that every American who is mentally ill, a convicted felon or a domestic abuser shall have the right to own guns. I can only hope he is sleeping well, comforted by his pillows and pockets padded with the blood-soaked money of the NRA.

My dad is legally blind. He can see, just not very well. Let’s give him a driver’s license. Although he’s legally blind and can’t see well at all, doesn’t he deserve to be able to drive a car? After all, he might not run down your kids. But at least blind Americans everywhere will get a chance to drive.

It’s a sad day for our country when senators such as Graham and Tim Scott care more about an “A” rating from the NRA than an “A” rating from their constituents.

Melissa Sherwood

Aiken, S.C.

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Tue, 12/06/2016 - 23:49

Try this nickname again

Tue, 12/06/2016 - 23:48

Cities must be liable

Tue, 12/06/2016 - 23:51

Fight the real fraud