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Stiffen gun penalties

| Saturday, March 7, 2015, 9:00 p.m.

Last month, a shopping mall in Monroeville; last weekend, a nightclub in the Strip District — the public, it seems, has nowhere that is safe from thugs with guns.

Since the NRA owns the Republican Party and commonsense laws to stop “straw purchaser” sales, and even reporting stolen guns, are out of the question, it is time we have stricter laws targeting these animals.

Discharging a firearm in a public place should be considered a new level of reckless endangerment and should carry an automatic sentence of 20 years; any crime with a gun, 15 years plus time for the crime (robbery, drug possession, etc.).

Stiffer sentences in the 1990s were met with cries of racial profiling when prisons filled with minorities. That's too bad.

Don't commit the crime and you won't be doing time. The public needs to reclaim its peace of mind.

Joe Lucas

South Side

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