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Friday Letters: Where Dems and GOP agree on guns

Rebellious Democrats staged an extraordinary all-day sit-in on the House floor to demand votes on gun-control bills. | AP

The debate in the House over keeping guns out of the hands of terrorists comes down to this:

Here’s what we agree on: more thorough background checks, including integrating different terrorist watch lists, to bar potential terrorists from buying guns.

Here’s what we disagree on: who should have the power to deny Americans their constitutional right to purchase a firearm — a bureaucrat or a judge.

Democrats want to vote on an unconstitutional bill that violates due process rights of all American citizens. They know it will get struck down by the Supreme Court. Not to mention, the bill has already failed in the Senate.

Republicans believe all Americans are innocent until proven guilty. Judges — not unelected bureaucrats at the Justice Department — should decide whether there is probable cause to bar suspected terrorists from purchasing a firearm. The burden of proof on denying constitutional rights should lie with the government and go through a judge.

I support the Republican proposal that unfortunately was voted down by Democrats in the Senate. I urge Democrats in both chambers to set petty politics aside and vote for a solution that will pass constitutional muster.

U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren, R-Plano

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Sit-in and do nothing forever

I am 100 percent behind the congressional sit-in by the Democrats. In fact, the whole nation would be much better off if the entire Congress and the legislatures of all the states sat down and did nothing for the next 200 years. They are incompetent and useless. As for gun control, there is no criminal that has or ever will abide by gun restrictions; it is total joke to think new laws will make a difference with a criminal or a mentally disturbed individual.

Michael E. Turay, Crete

Maybe if Rauner and Madigan felt the pain

Teachers picketing City Hall, downstate prisons bankrupting the tiny towns that provide support, mental health patients losing their beds, schools closing — it sounds like a horror movie script.  With our lawmakers in Springfield failing en masse to keep the state running, how about we give them all a taste of their own medicine? If we shut off the water and power to House Speaker Mike Madigan and Gov. Bruce Rauner’s homes, how long do you think it would take before they finally stopped their petty whining and hammered out a budget? Our poor state is dangling like a dying worm on the end of a fish hook.

Scot Sinclair, Third Lake