I have some questions for John Erickson in response to his letter [Background checks won't stop everyone, Viewpoints, Aug. 20]. How exactly will universal background checks do "more harm than good"? How harmful is a minor inconvenience for lawful gun buyers that catches some people who shouldn't own a gun, including those with serious mental illness?
I agree with Mr. Erickson that most armed criminals get their guns illegally. But isn't it better to stop some people who should not own a gun from buying one? And, Mr. Erickson, what ideas do you have for stemming the flood of illegal weapons? For starters, how about limiting the number of guns that can be legally purchased per month to control the impact of "straw buyer" purchases, including at gun shows?
Chair, North Avenue Zoning and Development Advisory Committee (NAZDAC)
Co-founder, North Avenue Neighbors Association of Oak Park (NANA-OP)