To the editor:

If a law is important enough to be enacted into law, it should be important enough to be enforced. To enact a law with little or intent of enforcement is nothing more than political cover for politicians who take credit for supposedly solving a problem that in fact has not been solved. How many current gun laws are on the books that are not enforced?  A lot. 

Case in point, mandatory time for committing a crime with a loaded weapon. Even though many states have laws about mandatory time for crimes committed with a loaded weapon, less than 50 percent of the time does the criminal receive the mandatory time. How about a felon cannot possess a firearm? California has over 20,000 felons who are registered as owners of over 39,000 firearms. So what is California doing about this? Nothing. They don't have any money to peruse the felons.

If gun laws worked, Chicago would be the safest largest city in the U.S. Instead, Chicago is the number-one firearms murder capital of the U.S. Chicago's gun laws only restrict the law abiding citizen from owning a firearm.

Criminals continue to do what they do best, acquire illegal firearms and violate the law.

Last week at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing it was stated that, gun crime prosecutions are down across the board, including enforcement of laws against lying on background checks. If "the Department of Justice and other law enforcement agencies of the federal government are not enforcing the laws that Congress has already passed," what good does it make to add new laws? It is apparent, gun laws only restrict law abiding citizens, not the criminal.

I wish I had an easy answer to all this madness, I don't. It's abundantly clear even the federal government doesn't have an answer. The country I now live in is not the one I grew up in, the country I served, or the one I worked the majority of my life in. The times I lived in were the best of times.

Like it or not, the Constitution and the 27 ratified amendments either mean something or they don't. You cannot pick and choose what you like or don't like. It's either all or nothing.

Joe Niehaus