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Letters: Background checks for gun buyers

In January, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott invited

In January, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott invited New York gun owners to move to Texas. (Jan. 15, 2013) Credit: Getty Images

It is becoming clear that executive director Wayne LaPierre and the National Rifle Association do not represent responsible U.S. American gun owners and sports enthusiasts ["Bloomberg's loaded for NRA," Editorial, March 26].

Poll after poll makes it obvious that huge majorities of NRA members support reasonable controls and universal background checks to keep firearms out of the hands of those who should not have them.

So why are LaPierre and his organization always the "go-to" for discussion on that side of the issue? Gun makers are his primary supporters. Why are the chief executives of those companies never questioned? Why don't we know their names?

Ann Kemler, Long Beach

While your editorial rhetorically questions if Wayne LaPierre's comment about Mayor Michael Bloomberg was "a joke," one has to wonder whom the joke is really on.

Newsday seems to have no problem with progressive billionaire Bloomberg's personal crusade to invalidate the Second Amendment, while Newsday vilifies the NRA and its nearly 5 million law-abiding American members standing in defense of it. Funny how progressives have no problem getting behind money in politics when the money is fighting for their side.

Newsday also glibly states that in a poll, 90 percent of Americans favor background checks for private gun sales, but you fail to educate your readers as to what that means. To pass the proposed universal background check, an original receipt with identifying information about the gun must be produced. How many gun owners looking to sell a firearm purchased years ago will be able to produce that document?

It seems to me the only way to avoid breaking the law would be to turn that firearm in to the authorities. The universal background check is being peddled as a commonsense law, but in reality it's nothing more than an elaborate scheme to disarm millions of law-abiding Americans.

How many people who took that poll knew that and thought it all the way through?

Mike Quadrino, Smithtown