As we prepare for local elections, I have one question for every candidate. This is a simple “yes” or “no” question (something I typically avoid):

Do you support universal background checks for gun purchases? Yes or no?

Janet Sharp, Pinehurst

(2) comments

Peyton Cook

Yes, but background checks are already in place and have been for many years. What more are needed? What needs to be addressed are the known individuals with mental problems who do not get reported to the FBI data base.

Jim Tomashoff

"...background checks are already in place and have been for many years. What more are needed?" asks Peyton. How about requiring background checks at gun shows, for private gun sales, and for gifting guns. None of which require a priori background checks. Peyton then writes: "What needs to be addressed are the known individuals with mental problems who do not get reported to the FBI data base." Are you on it? Is such reporting a practical solution to the gun violence problems in this Country?

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