In his April 21 column, Carl Hiaasen, totally out of rational arguments, calls Marco Rubio a coward for not voting in support of the latest fad in feel-good gun control legislation; i.e., extended background investigations.
The problem with the legislation is that it would have about as much effect at curbing gun ownership as the Brady bill. Remember how the seven-day waiting period was supposed to be the be-all, end-all in gun control? Well, how has that worked out?
The problem with any gun-control legislation is that it arguably flies in the face of the Constitution. See, the Constitution enables gun ownership. Not only would legislation that contradicts that right fail to accomplish its purpose, it would tie up its protagonists in court for decades.
The focus should be on gun elimination, not gun control.
The Constitution contains no provision enabling the manufacture, sale, distribution and importation of guns and ammunition. Ban those activities except to fill specific orders from the military and law-enforcement agencies, and tack on an additional 10 years to any sentence handed down to anyone convicted of a crime committed while in the possession of a firearm.
The key to gun control is attrition.
David A. Highlands, St. Petersburg