I am proud to say that there is nothing in my past or present behavior that would stop me from purchasing a firearm. I can also say for certain that I have met and known a few people who cannot say the same.

These other people cannot go to a gun store and purchase because the background check will stop them. But I could sell them one of mine and let whatever happens happen very easily.

I think this country and our state of Pennsylvania have seen what can happen when power of gun is in the hands of troubled people. And yes, I know background checks will not stop every mass shooting or even petty-armed crime.

Our politicians cry over the bodies and then lower the flags when such gun violence shows up on 24/7 news shows. And we tell them they have to do something to stop guns getting in the wrong hands while still leaving my guns alone. And for a while, we stop paying attention and assume again nothing will get done.

The Democratic-controlled House passed H.R. 8 in February in a 240-190 vote, with eight Republicans and all but two Democrats supporting it. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Mike Thompson, D-Calif., would only allow person-to-person gun sales if a background check can be conducted. It was sent to the Senate and has sat there without an up or down vote or an alternate proposed bill. Why cannot the Republican-controlled Senate have a vote on this?

Maybe someone can explain to me or to the victims of the next shooting. If this bill is wrong, vote it down and/or propose a better one and get something sent to POTUS. I will be calling Sen. Pat Toomey (814-453-3010) and Sen. Bob Casey (814-874-5080) to ask what the holdup is.

Surely, politics is too childish an answer for such a serious, life-threatening issue. Surely, our POTUS would be open to sign a bill that could save the life of someone's child.

JESSIE TAYLOR

Meadville

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