Letters to the Editor

Letters to editor: June 20

NRA advances firearms trafficking over gun safety

The National Rifle Association is correct: Guns don't kill people; people kill people. Criminals, the violent mentally ill and others with predatory propensities are more likely to kill people.

If the NRA is correct, and I believe it is, the best way to keep guns out of the hands of those who have a propensity to use them to harm others is to require background checks every time a gun is purchased.

How can we minimize harm to citizens if citizens refuse to permit background checks? It is essential that we know if a person has a conviction for a violent offense, is under court order to not possess firearms or is seriously mentally ill and has demonstrated predatory propensities.

If the NRA is truly interested in keeping guns out of the hands of people who are likely to harm others, why is the NRA so opposed to background checks?

Could it be that the NRA is more interested in the unvetted trafficking of guns for profit than the interest of the nation's responsible gun owners?

As a lifelong gun owner I have never felt threatened by a background check but have always been concerned with the underground trafficking of firearms to people who should never possess a gun.

You cannot prevent the harm without knowing the identity of those likely to cause the harm. The NRA needs to quit hiding behind the Second Amendment; it was never intended to be a marketing strategy.

Ray Sabbatine


McConnell and NRA

Sen. Mitch McConnell says he wants to keep guns out of criminal hands and supports increasing the prosecution of those who fail gun background checks.

McConnell does not support background checks at gun shows or over the Internet. McConnell supported the Grassley and Cruz amendment that actually loosened the laws related to interstate transfer and sale of guns.

He supported the Vitter amendment to allow the transport of firearms on Amtrak trains in checked baggage. He voted to prohibit lawsuits against gun manufacturers, distributors and dealers of firearms who sell their products to individuals who use them for gun violence. He has even voted no on requiring trigger locks on guns.

Gun background checks are very cheap. Prosecution of violators is far more expensive. In tight fiscal times, which makes more sense?

There was nothing in the recent gun legislation to harass or prosecute people for purchasing guns as McConnell purports. The only ones harassed would be those not allowed to own or purchase guns.

What McConnell has supported are looser gun laws and less accountability by those who make them. McConnell's solution to public safety does nothing to decrease the 13.1 gun deaths per 100,000 Kentucky people each year.

McConnell has supported primarily his own political ambitions. Not surprisingly, the $19,800 the NRA gave him in the most recent election cycle is the largest NRA donation to any senator.

McConnell is bought and paid for and serving the special interests of Washington, not Kentucky. Let's make sure he isn't re-elected.

Peter Wedlund


GOP needs policies

The Republican Party might be better served if, instead of trying to "get" President Barack Obama, it just tried to get some policies that the majority of Americans want to vote for.

Revenge is a rather unconstructive agenda and today's scandals — imagined or inflamed — will be long forgotten come election time.

Charles Edward Pogue


Sick equation

Prescription from a cardilogist: Nitrolingual Pump Spray 0.4 mg.

Pharmacy: Rite Aid.

Health insurance: Kentucky Access.

Patient's co-pay: $25.

Usual and customary cost of this medicine: $459.99, meaning those who do not have health insurance must pay this amount.

What gives?

Joan Z. Lorenzo


Not so fast

It's called fast food but they should call it fast and lucky. Lucky if you get what you ordered.

In the past two months I have been to Arbys, KFC, Wendy's, Burger King, Culvers and McDonalds. I have gotten home with half of what I ordered or something I didn't order from each of these restaurants.

My last order at McDonalds was biscuits and gravy, there was barely enough gravy to cover the biscuits. These people need to slow down and get the orders right or learn to read the order they are filling.

Joe Catt


On the mark

Transylvannia University alumnus David Lollis' impressive ability to deliver a sensitive, balanced and respectful commentary, "Transy president offers inspiring vision, but his best move is to resign" reflects what is accomplished by the high quality of education Transy provides to its students.

Eugene L Ketchum


Pett's view distorted

In his May 21 cartoon, Joel Pett addressed the current scandals engulfing the White House in a strip labeled "Newest New Talking Points."

You might expect some bit of consternation on his part that the IRS is using its enormous power to harass citizens or that the Associated Press was being spied on by the president or even that some people lost their lives in Benghazi?

But, no, Pett is outraged that those pesky Republicans are talking about these scandals. (Why don't those officials duly elected by people who do not support the administration just shut up anyway?) Pett's view is a page taken straight from the Democrats' damage-control manual and fed to an anemic and complacent media. They would have us believe that the real story is not that the IRS targeted citizens for political and, likely, punitive reasons but that the Republicans are using it to criticize the party in power.

He uses Democratic talking points to criticize the Republicans for having talking points. Absolutely Orwellian.

Rick Shannon


Election letters deadline

Letters about candidates in the June 25 special election for state 56th House District must be received by 5 p.m. today No letters from candidates' families and campaign staffs.