Reader Rolf Olson responds to Bill would bring universal background checks on gun sales. Cue the backlash:
"No one is claiming that universal background checks will solve all gun violence. It is a multifaceted problem that requires many different approaches. This is one.
"In Connecticut, when universal background checks were instituted, gun deaths went down by 16 percent in the next few years. In Missouri, where they eliminated background checks, gun deaths went up by a similar percentage.
"A background check wouldn't have saved my daughter, but that doesn't mean that such efforts won't save others. Seat belts don't save all lives, but that doesn't mean that we should eliminate them.
"Of course criminals will continue to find guns. But we can take small steps to reduce the carnage that we now experience.
"And by the way, I am a gun owner. This legislation won't touch my guns, nor others."