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Letter to the Editor
Monday, April 15, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
 

I just received an email from my U.S. senator, Pat Toomey, stating: “It's the people who fail a criminal or mental health background check that we don't want having guns. This can be done without infringing on law-abiding people's gun rights.”

Is Mr. Toomey suggesting that those with mental issues are not law-abiding? Many are!

Sen. Toomey should note that having a gun is a right and driving a car is a privilege. Will the same mental standard be used to have a gun for home defense as it would be for someone to drive a 4,000-pound car filled with explosive gasoline? Will thugs now know that someone with mental issues will be defenseless from home invasion? Can an airline pilot not be permitted to have a gun, but legally fly an airliner with 300 innocent passengers on board?

Will a surgeon who would not qualify to have a gun be able to operate on our brains or heart? Will every kid who is prescribed Ritalin be forever banned from having a gun?

We better know all of this prior to a vote on any gun bill!

Joseph DuPont

Towanda, Bradford County

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