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Letter: Stats contrived to puff up agenda

The Columbian
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Lillian Christina, in a Feb. 4 letter “We can do more with gun control,” extols Initiative 594’s passage. Stating “Firearms were the second-leading cause of death for youth ages 1 to 19 in 2011,” Christina says that one can change social thinking by following the information as given by the Brady Center and Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

If you want true facts, check the statistics of the Centers for Disease Control and the FBI. Brady statistics are skewed to enhance their anti-Second Amendment agenda. When Brady Campaign says “children,” they include 18- and 19-year olds, people who can be considered adults. Also, suicides are included, not acknowledging suicide is a crime of means.

OK, about background checks?

The Washington state form for transfer requires make, manufacturer, caliber, serial numbers of the gun, profiling the applicant racially in section B.

The federal background check (ATFE Form 4473) block 10.a, asks are you Hispanic or Latino; block 10.b requires you check one or more of five boxes regarding race. Why is it politically incorrect to profile Latinos or Blacks, but OK to profile gun owners?

The elephant in the room is criminals will always get firearms, regardless.

People should not vote on initiatives until they have read the text of the proposal; I-594 re-wrote Chapter RCW 9.41, totaling 18 pages.

Oh, for the record, Rep. Liz Pike, R-Camas, represents my agenda also.

Peter L. Williamson

Vancouver

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