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New gun laws unnecessary; enforce current laws

Published: April 20, 2013

Regarding "Coburn fires back at critics over gun vote" (News, April 13): U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Muskogee, wants to do right, but I don't think he has his thinking cap on. "What is up for consideration,” Coburn said, “is how to improve a broken system that literally allows illegal aliens, drug traffickers, child molesters, rapists, felons, member of al-Qaida and mentally deranged persons to buy firearms.”

What should be “up for consideration” is simply enforcing the existing law, not writing useless “preventative legislation” that doesn't work and encompasses the infringement of the Second Amendment for lawful citizens. The system is broken because existing law isn't being enforced. When an illegal alien is found with a gun, prosecute him. When a drug trafficker is arrested and has a gun, prosecute him. Do the same with the child molester, rapist, felon, member of al-Qaida and mentally deranged person. When they commit a crime, with or without a gun, prosecute them. The gun isn't the issue or the problem. We already have laws in place without hurting law-abiding citizens. Why punish them?

Coburn said, “If you believe the Second Amendment gives these people the right to arm themselves, then we have an irreconcilable difference of opinion.” We don't believe that. Just enforce the law on lawbreakers; that's the role of the government.

Earl Linville, Chickasha

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