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In reply to Barbara Love's rebuttal (Mailbag, March 5) to my letter of Feb 18, I'd like to clarify two points for her. Firstly, as a firearms owner I've been subjected to numerous background checks over 30 years. They don't scare me. Secondly, I'm not a hunter or an owner of an AR-15 but I won't deny a law-abiding citizen's the right to own one.

The point of my letter was government on all levels has repeatedly demonstrated its inability, unwillingness, or incompetence to enforce current gun laws.

Why would any reasonable person believe legislating additional laws would reverse this dilemma? I referenced the recent Aurora shooting as an example. A convicted felon cleared a national background check, was issued a permit by the State of Illinois, and when the mistakes were discovered, the police chief stated he didn't have the manpower resources to confiscate the gun. Was the expectation the felon would voluntarily surrender the gun? We all know the end result. Liberal politicians, however, choose to ignore the experts on gun violence who have concluded additional gun laws will have little to no effect on mitigating future mass shootings. They believe more laws will make honest citizens out of criminals or discourage evil people with evil intent.

I recommend Ms. Love read the content of SB 501, do some research into prior mass shootings, then ask herself how SB 501 would have prevented these events. I again call for enforcing current gun laws and not enacting legislation based on emotion.

Larry Ciaffoni

Albany (March 5)

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