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Re: From the Office of Senator Cantwell

Date: Wed, 1 Aug 2001 09:45:56 -0700 (PDT)
From: robert n lyman
To: senator@cantwell.senate.gov
Subject: Re: From the Office of Senator Cantwell

Senator Cantwell,

Thank you for taking the time to respond to my concerns regarding the gun-show "loophole" bill. I have three simple questions to which I would appreciate simple, direct replies:

You referred to the Brady Bill and the Assault Weapons Ban as "responsible" gun control laws. This generates two questions:

1) Do you continue to support the Brady Bill when two of the country's most strident gun-control activists concede that it has not prevented crime? (See link below) If so, why support laws which do not do what they claim to?

Link to article in the Journal of the American Medical Association :
http://jama.ama-assn.org/issues/v284n5/abs/joc91749.html.

2) The definition of an "assault weapon" is purely cosmetic. One can literally transform some guns from "hunting rifle" in to an "assault weapon" or vice versa in a couple of minutes with a screwdriver (I would be happy to demonstrate for you the next time you are in Seattle). How does controlling the outward appearance of guns fight crime?

The final question concerns the gun-show "loophole" bill.

3) Have you read the bill? In doing so, did you notice that it does not merely require background checks, but also makes the gun show promoter CIVILLY and CRIMINALLY LIABLE for ANY gun-law violation which occurs during the show? I do not think that background checks will end gun shows, but I doubt that anyone on earth would stake their freedom and financial stability on the perfect compliance with thousands of complicated and arbitrary laws by hundreds of vendors. Do you think that anyone is willing to take this risk in order to sponsor a gun show? If not, isn't it fair to say that the bill as written would end all gun shows?

Thank you for taking the time to respond.

Robert Lyman
Seattle, WA


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