U.S. Rep. Williams on guns

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I was disappointed in U.S. Rep. Roger Williams' comments quoted in "GOP lawmakers rally for gun rights" on Jan. 26.

I had hoped for a more thoughtful position on gun control rather than repeating excuses proffered by the NRA. I yield to hunters and sportsmen who want to own military-style semiautomatics.

Williams proclaims his strong belief that "every life is precious." What if the necessity of reloading saved even one life in the next mass shooting? Williams wants "real solutions," including improved mental health programs. I agree, but while we wait, would he support a more immediate step toward a solution, such as universal background checks?

Surely if we who wish for better regulations on guns can accept Bushmasters and 100-bullet magazines, we can all agree on background checks. The NRA's response will be that universal background checks will not stop every future Newtown. If we remember that "every life is precious," preventing even one death would be worth it.

Finally, could we forgo news conferences at gun shows and the Second Amendment rhetoric that inflames those such as the writer last week who threatened a return to "Lexington and Concord"?

-- Paul W. Hartman, Fort Worth

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