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Letter: Cooker control

April 23, 2013

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To the editor:

I feel that our brave Kansas legislators should take their attention off of background checks for guns and focus on a much more pressing and dangerous issue: background checks for pressure cookers. As was demonstrated in Boston last week, pressure cookers can be used as deadly improvised explosive devises (IEDs). These dangerous devises took the lives of three, yes three, innocent individuals.

Think about how many pressure cookers there are in the state of Kansas. They could be turned into IEDs and used at the Kansas Relays or the Strong City Rodeo and kill five or six innocent Kansans. I feel that our legislators that are focused on the safety of their constituents should propose and promote legislation that would require background checks for the purchase or transfer of pressure cookers. How do we know if a well-meaning grandmother isn’t passing on her family’s pressure cooker to a terrorist granddaughter Who cares that 88 people a day are killed nationally every day by gun violence. Let’s stop those pressure cookers!

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redneck 11 months, 3 weeks ago

Good point Kent. Here is my 2 cents. Yes, you can purchase a firearm off the Internet, but they will only ship it to somebody who has a Federal Firearms License. The person with the Federal Firearms License will run a background check on you, and you will pay them a small fee for their service. You can also purchase a firearm at a gun show without any kind of background check. This is allowed so gun owners can sell their weapons privately to other gun owners without having to go through a Federal Firearms License dealer. If a convicted felon purchases a firearm from another person privately, they are breaking a federal law and could go back to prison for doing so. Please tell me of one instance, where somebody committed one of these mass murders, and they purchased their weapons at a gun show or privately from another person. Name me just one instance. I don't believe there are any instances, but please let me know if I'm wrong. They either stole them or purchased them from a dealer who ran a background check on them, and they passed the background check. It's not the weapon that needs to be controlled; it's the loose nut behind the trigger who needs to be controlled. The nut job that is responsible for the Sandy Hook Elementary incident broke more than one law. He murdered his mother and stole her guns. What other silly law would have prevented him for doing what he did? It seams to me that he didn't care about any laws, or he wouldn't have broken them. Maybe we need to include mental records, when a background check is performed. The problem is that the bill that was presented to the US Senate contained all these other silly agendas, which are included to slowly eat away at our rights to own firearms. These agendas include limiting the magazine capacities or outlawing anything that could be considered an assault weapon. I have a 22-caliber rifle that may be included in an assault weapons ban, just because I can purchase a 50 round magazine for it. It's a peashooter for Christ sake! Lets end the madness and pass laws that make sense or stop letting criminals out of prison because of overcrowding or commit those who are a danger to our society.

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Centerville 11 months, 3 weeks ago

Also, I'm sure it's illegal to commit murder in Massachusetts. That should have stopped them.

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KansasLiberal 11 months, 3 weeks ago

A gun's only purpose is to kill. A cooker can be used to kill or it may accidentally explode and kill, but it's main purpose is to cook food and keep people alive. Not very many people in America need guns to feed themselves, but many people need cookers to feed themselves.

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Lynn731 11 months, 3 weeks ago

I don't think the letter writer is failing to take the tragedy seriously. I think he is showing how ridiculous some of the proposed gun control measures, after the tragedy, are. In this country we have about 20,000 gun control laws. Many are not enforced. More laws, which affect only law abiding citizens, will not help. Criminals do not obey the law. Time and effort to help our failing mental health system should be the target for legislators. Anyone adjudicated by a court to be mentally ill should be in the system used for background checks.

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Steven Gaudreau 11 months, 3 weeks ago

From what I have read, these people used black powder. Aren't there current laws that regulate who can buy black powder?

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Richard Heckler 11 months, 3 weeks ago

The point is 88 shot per day = 32,120 dead in a year = Kansas legislators need to be replaced.

Cell phones are used frequently to set off explosive devices ..... getting rid of cell phones would also make driving safer.

A remote control for a battery operated vehicle was used to set off the pressure cooker. Doing without cell phones and remote controls would make the pressure cooker problem moot.

Doing without cell phones,remote control devices and performing back ground checks = tons of lives saved.

Letter writer provided excellent food for thought. Kansas needs new legislators.

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toe 11 months, 4 weeks ago

Pressure is a dangerous thing.

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benofthebull 11 months, 4 weeks ago

LMAO!! Very funny. Just goes to show how the mainstream media inflicts such fear on those that glue themselves to each and every unique headline they come up with. I'm sure all of those comments that say this is a horrible letter obviously don't have a sense of humour and probably glue themselves to mainstream media news for hours on end. The Boston tragedy is over, people died and the suspects will die too. Living in fear is what the mainstream media wants you to do and you all buy right into it.

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FlintlockRifle 11 months, 4 weeks ago

Letter writer, very bad written letter, shame on you.

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Brock Masters 11 months, 4 weeks ago

Shotgun - I agree this is a heartless letter that cares more about making some point than the tragedy that was inflicted upon Boston and our country.

But I am not sure the writer is from the right. The last sentence might suggest they are advocating for gun control.

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shotgun 11 months, 4 weeks ago

I can't believe that The LJW would print this BS! To satirize what took place in Boston 8 days ago is utterly tasteless. Such is the paranoid right!

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