The Feb. 9 Columbian story "Wash. state nears deal on gun background checks" caught my attention. Background checks alone are not going to ensure that criminals don't get guns. Just as illegal drugs are prevalent despite the fact that they're illegal, criminals and the mentally unstable will be able to obtain firearms.
Up front the logic seems sound, but in retrospect the true intent will become clear. Background checks are being advertised as an attempt to ensure that firearms don't get into the wrong hands.
However, in reality this is just a sneaky way of trying to take away our constitutional rights. There needs to be more people armed, not unarmed.