- The Washington Times - Monday, April 6, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Nothing could be further from the truth than the suggestion in your recent editorial (“Anti-reason on guns,” Editorials, Wednesday) that public opinion in Virginia does not support the one-gun-a-month rule limiting handgun purchases. First, let it be pointed out that the one-gun-a-month limit has been state law for 20 years now. Criminal gangs no longer view Virginia as the “gun supermarket,” as it was once called. Straw purchasers can no longer buy dozens or hundreds of guns at a time, to be sold to thugs and criminals.

The law was passed by public referendum during the 1989 gubernatorial election, and it passed by a substantial margin - notwithstanding a months-long ad campaign by the National Rifle Association against it. I dare you to run a poll asking Virginians if they would like to drop this law; you would find that it has broad public support in Virginia and nationwide. What law-abiding person needs to buy more than one gun a month for hunting or self-defense?

It is a shame that it is not federal law. If it were, members of Mexican drug gangs would not so easily be buying guns in America and using them to kill Mexican police. Thankfully, they are not buying their guns in Virginia due to a law you say you oppose.

Your editorial is seriously out of touch with the broad, sane, sensible support for common-sense gun-control laws in Virginia and throughout the United States - laws that would not violate the Second Amendment but would hurt only criminals and terrorists.

EDWARD HALE

Arlington

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