What possessed a father to purchase a rifle for his 5-year-old son? A boy that age doesn’t know right from wrong, nor is he responsible enough to even have a gun.

He probably thought it a toy when he pointed it at his 2-year-old sister and shot and killed her.

I’m not against people owning guns. I’m against the wrong people having guns, people such as criminals, mentally ill and those who don’t know how to be responsible.

I do not think that extensive background checks threaten the right to bear arms. It is another way to make sure that guns stay out of the hands of the people who shouldn’t have them at all.

Gun violence increases daily. People want money for drugs so they break into houses, rob people on the sidewalks, banks and pharmacies.

I know that some of them get the guns illegally and others buy them with little or no background checks.

Let’s save our people with extensive background checks to make sure that the wrong people don’t have the right to purchase guns.

Becky Wiers

Palmyra

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