MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

Opinion

April 29, 2013

THE PEOPLE SPEAK – Use lobbying money to pay police officers

— The recent showdown in the legislature shows that we really don’t trust Washington. Let’s look at the passion President Obama showed for the incident at Sandy Hook as it related to the vote on background checks. One has nothing to do with the other. The guns used at Sandy Hook were bought and registered by the mother of the young man that ruthlessly murdered the children and staff at the Connecticut school. His mental condition was the problem, not the background check that was performed.

The White House and many of the Democrat members have been on a vendetta for years to register firearms in the United States. Due to this anti-Second Amendment attitude, the lawful gun owners of America do not trust this group. What was the real agenda of background checks at gun shows? If that is all that they really wanted, the majority (including this writer) would have no problem with the legislation. I have said for years that it made no sense that the rules at gun shops and gun shows would not be the same. But having the grieving parents of those children at Sandy Hook lobbying for this was ridiculous.

Take the millions that was spent on this lobbying effort from both sides and spend it on more and better equipped police officers to enforce the laws that are currently on the books to control the weapons that are currently on the streets. Our law enforcement members are underpaid and underappreciated.

JIM JOLLIFF

Park Hill

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