- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 1, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Wednesday’s Commentary column by Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming, “A vote against Holder,” completely distorts Attorney General-designate Eric Holder’s position on gun control, attributing sinister intentions to his support of common-sense, life-saving gun laws.

The senator even attacked Mr. Holder for a column written in October 2001 on ways to keep America safe from terrorists, including requiring background checks on private gun sales to prevent terrorists from obtaining weapons. This was not, as the senator suggested in his column, because Mr. Holder was looking to shut down gun shows, but rather because Hezbollah and the Irish Republican Army have taken advantage of our lax gun laws and bought guns here in the United States in the past. Furthermore, nobody’s rights would be limited by this policy - only terrorists and other dangerous people would be stopped, while legal purchasers would be allowed their guns after the background check.

I wish Mr. Barrasso could appreciate and respect Mr. Holder’s interest in improving public safety and discuss policies on their merits instead of twisting words beyond recognition and using extreme rhetoric.

JAMES HIGGINS

Vice president, Million Mom March united with the Brady Campaign

Strafford, Pa.

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