Background checks and permits for all gun owners



Editor, Index-Tribune:


I am writing this letter on behalf of my grandson, Hunter Pedersen. Hunter was a beautiful, 10-year-old little boy whose life was cut short from a lack of gun safety.

I know there are many more families dealing with the pain of losing their children to senseless tragedies involving guns. Yes, the NRA and their lobbying arm, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA), will tell us that guns don’t kill people, people do. That is true, but this is also true: untrained or mentally unstable people with guns kill people. When is enough, enough?

It’s time for all mothers, fathers and grandparents to get involved. Sadly, I didn’t get involved before this happened to our family, but my greatest hope now is that it doesn’t happen to yours.

I’m not talking about doing away with the Second Amendment. The NRA and ILA need to compromise on some issues, which on their web site they talk about never doing.

Background checks should be required for every gun owner and, I believe, anyone who chooses to own guns should have to take a test and get a permit to own one. I had to study and take a test to get a license to drive, and that doesn’t infringe on my rights. Background checks and safety courses don’t take away our rights, but they may take away the pain many families will have to deal with.

It is time for all of us to do something before your family is the one dealing with unbelievable grief.

Linda Honickel

Mamora, New Jersey


  • Phineas Worthington

    I agree that firearm safety training is essential for gun owners and non-gun owners alike.

    Its unclear from the letter though just how a background check and a license/permit would have prevented this particular tragic, accidental death from a firearm. Though I would agree with background checks as the means for government to disarm the criminals as a proper interpretation of the 2nd amendment would imply.

    And if the daily wreckage and carnage on the roadways is any indication, licensing does not seem to be any deterrent to driving without a license, bad driving, or accidents. Licensing is only a means of legal leverage really.

    It seems there are sufficient means to punish law breakers who commit gun crimes already. We just need governments that will consistently enforce those laws.