Letters to the Editor: Ensuring Guns Are Kept Out of Criminal Hands


Letters to the Editor: February 18 – 24, 2016


Ensuring Guns Are Kept Out of Criminal Hands


I am writing to commend David Synder for his commentary last month on guns in America. I was invited to the White House for the Executive Actions announcement in January and can definitively say that President Obama is not going to be confiscating anyone’s guns in America.

What the President is doing, like Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring, is enforcing the current laws that are already on the books. After all, that is a favorite NRA talking point, “We don’t need any new gun laws, just enforce the laws that are already on the books.”

The President is enforcing existing laws as he strengthens the background check system to ensure that more gun dealers administer background checks before selling guns to law abiding citizens. Those citizens that fail background checks should not be able to purchase a gun. This ensures that guns are kept out of the hands of criminals and dangerous individuals.

Herring is enforcing laws as well with his recent announcement that he will be enforcing current Virginia concealed carry law to ensure that individuals from states with gun laws that are more lenient than Virginia’s laws are not able to carry. His move allows Virginia to block concealed handguns for stalkers and drug dealers. It means that as of February 1, the Commonwealth of Virginia no longer allows those with concealed carry permits from 25 states to automatically carry concealed handguns in Virginia.

What could the gun lobby have against keeping guns out of the hands of criminals?

According to the Ted Cruz, Obama is coming for your guns.

No, he is not.

Shaun Dakin

Falls Church


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