To The Editor:
Regarding Kathleen Parker's column of April 12, I would have to say that, in general, she's correct.
Adam Lanza didn't have to go through a background check. His mother did, and she was murdered by him before he went to Sandy Hook to kill 26 more people.
I do wonder, considering she wasn't oblivious to her sons mental health issues, why she didn't have those firearms locked away in her home? Was there a gun safe and/or
trigger locks on those weapons?
Just about every gun owner I know has at least a trigger lock installed when they store
their firearms if not a gun safe for extra security. It's obvious that gun owners have a huge responsibility in that ownership. It's also obvious that there's more than only background checks and limiting magazine or clip capacity.
Close the loopholes in Internet and gun-show sales. Enforce the law against straw buyers and fraudulent purchases.
And maybe we should revisit the idea of mandatory sentencing for crimes committed using a firearm regardless of that crime's nature.