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'Sensible' gun laws aren't sensible
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Published: 5/28/2008 12:08 AM

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On Sunday, the Daily Herald wrote an editorial asking why can't we get gun owners to back "sensible" gun legislation.

It said nine out of 10 Americans support a background check. This is true, including all the gun owners who really do want a background check.

The only background check gun owners really back, is the one they put their support behind to pass, and that is the "Instant Background Check."

That means you go into a gun store and they run an instant check and if you are OK, you leave with the gun 15 minutes later.

There is no argument about this check amongst gun owners at all. They supported it and it became law.

As far as the Brady poll suggesting that 80 percent of Illinois gun owners support individual sales going through a check, I would question that very deeply.

The Brady campaign has been known to put out false information many times to have people back their cause. I would take that survey with a grain of salt.

Why do gun owners not back the individual sale of firearms going through a check?

Well sit down and get ready for the truth! We already had one--it's called the FOID Card. You can't get this card without being checked by local, state and federal authorities.

How many times do you want us to jump through the hoops before you say, "Good boy. Here's a doggie biscuit." Meanwhile criminals just keep disregarding laws.

Even if your so-called law was passed, do you think all the criminals will march into the gun store to get checked?

I don't think so. It will be business as usual, no matter how many laws we pass, because we don't enforce the current ones.

If someone sells a gun in a private sale and they don't both have FOID cards, that's against the law already. For every gun sold illegally, there is a federal law that has a 10-year prison sentence attached to it.

Do we prosecute? No, we slap their hands and send them back onto the street.

Remember the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.

Gun owners don't support this request of yours for so called reasonable gun laws, because it isn't reasonable and it doesn't stand up to common sense either.

Don Bekeleski

Elk Grove Village