Enforce gun laws already on books
If you go to the gun show and rent a table to sell your private collection, that’s legal. No paperwork, no background check.
If you sell your collection as a private sales dealer you are not to engage in the business of firearms transactions, meaning you should not buy or trade from individuals.
If you do engage in trading, buying and selling as a private sales dealer, you are engaging in the business of firearms transactions and should be licensed as a dealer, according to the ATF. It’s federal law, and the fines are stiff with prison time. The ATF is at these gun shows.
Table after table of private sales dealers are engaging in the business of firearms transactions, but nobody is enforcing the federal law that is on the books. Start gun control with enforcing the laws already written.
2nd Amendment not absolute
After the 2012 Aurora, Colo., shooting I wanted to write a letter asking how many more people had to die before our country had the fortitude to stand up for sensible gun control laws.
I didn’t because many in my family are gun owners. Since then we have had Sandy Hook, the Navy Yard, Charleston, San Bernardino, Orlando, Las Vegas and Sutherland Springs.
Our Second Amendment right to bear arms should end when it infringes on someone else’s unalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness — rights that are endowed by our Creator and which our government was created to protect.
Pamela Souder, Fort Worth
Something Texans can endorse
Texans of both parties should support tax reform.
In both California and Texas only the “upper middle class” and above actually pay federal taxes exceeding the direct federal benefits they receive. In California and other notable progressive blue states, radically liberal government waste is partially underwritten by Texas and other red states.
A reasonable income to qualify as upper middle class of $130,000 for married couples illustrates the point. In that tax bracket a middle-income household pays 25 percent in federal income taxes. But the California household gets to deduct $12,306 from its federal taxable income and so pays $3,076.50 (12,306 x .25) less of its “fair” share than the Texas household.
For maximum ratepayers in each state, the disparity between the two states is much greater. In otherwise equal households in California and Texas, that disparity is a minimum of $52,668 per household.
Jerry Howard, Euless
Bells should toll for AT&T
AT&T should not be allowed to buy or merge with any communications or media company. Some years ago, the phone company was broken up because of its monopoly and yet AT&T ended up buying all the Baby Bells and came back as the AT&T conglomerate once again. Now, AT&T has landlines, cellphones, U-verse TV, Direct TV and internet service.
Is their corporate plan to buy up all the competition so they can control it all and gouge customers with even higher, greed-driven prices than they already charge now? No, thank you.
Justice Department: Do your job and nix this merger!
Mike Cinolotac, Arlington