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Dear Editor:

The shootings in El Paso and Dayton over the weekend, though senseless and tragic, will bring a predictably renewed call for greater gun control. The standard mantra begins with more background checks.

While some kind of vetting of buyers for gun purchases may or may not be a legitimate approach to safety, support for the background check itself for all firearm purchases will never gain universal support for one simple reason. Background checks, by design, are a firearm confiscation preparation program and here’s why. When an individual is required to submit to a background check for a firearms purchase, the serial number of the firearm involved must be included in the process. This serial number becomes attached to an individual name and remains indefinitely in a database until it is transferred to another owner.

What purpose is served to keep this information on hand other than to know where every firearm is located when the decision is made to begin universal confiscation of all firearms in America? The purpose of the background becomes not an individual’s fitness to own or possess a weapon, but to track the firearm itself.

If our politicians wanted to get some movement on the background check issue, they would require any proposed legislation to prohibit the inclusion of firearm serial numbers in the background check application.

Michael Finkenbinder

Carlisle

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