To the editor: The headline of the editorial in the May 14 issue of The News-Item read “Booker has bold ideas on gun control.” It should have read “Booker has some unconstitutional and completely ineffective ideas on gun control.”

Democrat presidential candidate and New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker has all the answers to the problem of “gun violence.” Yep, all we have to do is listen to him and gun-related crimes will be a thing of the past because, of course, all criminals will certainly adhere his “bold ideas” on gun control once they become law. Buy some swampland in Florida anyone?

One particularly boneheaded (and unconstitutional) proposal is the creation of a federal “permit to purchase” law in order to obtain a license to own a gun. Applicants (you, the law abiding citizen) would be required to submit fingerprints, provide background information and complete a gun safety course. The FBI would then check the information, perform a background check and, hopefully, issue a firearm license, which would be valid for, get this, five years.

While you may assume that this man couldn’t muster anything more nonsensical, try to absorb this “bold idea” courtesy of Sen. Booker. All new semi-automatic handguns will be micro-stamped, which would mark ammunition when it’s fired, presumably aiding law enforcement in tracking a shell casing in order to identify the weapon from which it was fired. Assuming this is even possible, can you imagine the cost associated with this proposal? It would likely put the price of a semi-automatic handgun out of the reach of the average person, and it would definitely “disproportionately affect the poor,” something all liberals bemoan on every other issue.

Last, but by no means least, Sen. Booker wants to repeal the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, which protects gun manufacturers from being sued for the actions of some criminal who kills or injures someone with a firearm. Why don’t we also allow automobile manufacturers to be sued when a drunk driver kills someone with a car? Or how about allowing McDonald’s to be sued when the 600-pound glutton has a heart attack resulting from the daily ingestion of several Big Macs?

Someone needs to explain to Cory Booker (and the other gun-hating politicians) that the Second Amendment is a constitutional right, not subject to the whims and musings of those who speak when they have no knowledge of the subject matter, or having limitations placed on that right and enforced by unelected bureaucrats who are immune from the consequences of their actions.

The Second Amendment was enshrined in our Constitution by our forefathers, men who had the wisdom and ability to envision a time in the future when our nation’s law-abiding citizens would need protections against radical, agenda-driven ideologues who would not hesitate to trample on our constitutional rights. “The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”

Charles H. Shuey,

Coal Township

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Mr. Shuey is right and the example he citied in his first paragraphs proves how words matter and how a valid news story can be turned into Fake News in a headline. The pity is many folks just read the headline.

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