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Punish the gun enablers

Thank you, Dan Rodricks, for continuing to focus on how criminals acquire guns ("Enablers of gun crime hard to trace," April 2). A felon's access to guns would be limited to theft without enablers. And thefts of guns would be easier to trace.

U.S. Attorney for Maryland Rod Rosenstein provided real insight into how difficult it can be to trace the history of crime weapons. Nevertheless, law enforcement should make it a priority, and when they can identify gun enablers, courts need to do more than slap their wrists. I believe the laws need to be changed to hold gun enablers as accountable as the criminals who use the guns or who have no legal right to possess them. Harsh punishment of enablers might help to deter someone from even considering getting involved.

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Of course, the real problem with guns in America is gun manufacturers, their National Rifle Association propagandists and the right-wing activist judges on the U.S. Supreme Court. The NRA has manipulated people with scare tactics to help proliferate guns and make us less safe. The judges arrogantly claim a strict reading of the Constitution but somehow are blind to the Founding Fathers' words, "a well regulated Militia" in the Second Amendment. Our society suffers tragically, and blood is on their hands.

I donate to Everytown for Gun Safety and will continue to do so.

Austin Barry

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