Ban gun shows?

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Only doing away with gun shows will solve nothing. While they are fashionable, especially here in Fort Worth, fashionable is not responsible.

What America needs, and wants, is a national database of all guns. All sales -- on the Internet or even private ones at gun shows -- should be entered into that database. Coordinate that database with a similar one from healthcare officials of people who should not be armed. We would then take deadly weapons out of the hands of those crazy enough to harm us and our children.

If I sell a car to a private individual or it is stolen, I must report that to the state of Texas. If I fail to do so and that car is in some illegal activity, I am, and should be, held responsible. No less should be required for responsible gun ownership.

Another absolute step is to take deadly combat-ready arms and large-capacity magazines off the market.

None of these actions infringes on the Second Amendment.

The NRA's shrill opposition to these reasonable and constitutional actions shows me that the NRA stands for "Not Really American."

-- David Perkins, Fort Worth

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