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Brady Bill Protects Honest, Stable Citizens

I am writing to respond to Michael Chung's criticism of the recently passed Brady Bill. I strongly agree that there need to be programs for gun education. It would even be in the NRA's best interests to support such programs.

However, background checks should be common sense. They certainly justify spending the money to ensure they are properly carried out. Every law-abiding citizen deserves the peace of mind of knowing that guns will not be sold to criminals or mentally unstable individuals. I am intimately familiar with a case in which a severely unstable mental patient purchased a gun and murdered her mother the same day. Not only was this a crime of passion, but the purchase of the gun would have been denied under the Brady Bill as her mental condition was well documented.

Further, the Brady Bill does not attempt to prevent all violent crimes; it attempts to prevent a very small percentage of them. Honest, stable individuals can spend the five days enrolled in a gun-education seminar.

Also, I am skeptical of the importance of "extreme circumstances." A family or individual should decide to own a gun or not to own a gun, period. Timing should not be a factor. This is a component of being a responsible gun-owner.

David S. Rovnyak G