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March 3, 2013

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Let’s enforce the gun laws we already have

I noticed in the paper recently there were several firearms stolen at three different addresses. One was a Marlin rifle; others were a Glock pistol, a Mossberg shotgun, a Jennings 9mm pistol and a Ruger .38 revolver.

There should be a law against people stealing firearms. Oh wait, there already is.

There should be a background check on those people who owned those guns. Oh wait, that wouldn’t do any good because the people who owned them had them stolen.

There should be a law against those people having firearms in the first place. Oh wait, if that were the case, then only criminals would have guns.

There are those who would believe that if these guns were used in a crime, then it would be the fault of the people who legally owned those guns, because if they didn’t have them in their house, then they wouldn’t be there for them to steal. On another point, if these criminals decided to go back to these homes again to commit another crime, the homeowners won’t have their guns to protect themselves or their families.

These criminals should register those guns so they could be traced when they use them in another crime.

Why don’t they ask for everyone to turn in their guns, then these criminals won’t have these guns that they stole? Oh wait, that wouldn’t work because the criminals wouldn’t turn them in.

I guess we could go outside on our porch or deck, as Vice President Joe Biden suggested, and fire off a couple of warning shots with a double-barrel shotgun if we think someone is going to break in our house. That should work.

But we couldn’t actually do that because it would be illegal. Besides, if we did that, we’d be out of ammo.

Here’s an idea: Why don’t they enforce the 2,000-plus gun laws that are already on the books, instead of coming up with new ones that would only affect the law-abiding citizens?

Bud Harmon, Kokomo

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