Any responsible person wants background checks

2013-05-02T00:00:00Z Any responsible person wants background checks
May 02, 2013 12:00 am

I own guns. I've been the captain of a competitive rifle team and an NRA member. Still, I can't understand why any responsible U.S. senator would vote against such a common-sense requirement as background checks on gun buyers.

Nearly 90 percent of Hoosiers support such bare-minimum regulation. We perform background checks on potential employees, potential babysitters and in many other cases, so why not for people who want to buy weapons that could wipe out a bunch of people in a couple of minutes?

Sen. Joe Donnelly had the guts to stand with the good citizens of Indiana and against the NRA. Any half-wit could see it makes sense. Well, not every half-wit — Sen. Dan Coats voted to block even that tiny step toward keeping guns out of the wrong hands.

Maybe Coats doesn't realize he was elected by the huge majority of Hoosiers who favor background checks, not by lunatics and criminals —the only gun-buyers who will benefit from his vote.

- Gregg Hodgson, Gary

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