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Corruption boils over

Former U.S. Rep. Jesse JacksJr. enters U.S. District Court February 20 2013 WashingtD.C. Jackshis wife Sandi Jacksare expected plead guilty

Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. enters U.S. District Court February 20, 2013, in Washington, D.C. Jackson and his wife, Sandi Jackson, are expected to plead guilty to federal charges. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

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Updated: March 23, 2013 6:24AM

Corruption boils over

As a native of Washington, I thought that I had seen it all when it comes to politicians feasting at the public trough, but Jesse Jackson Jr. has been more blatant than most. Hopefully, this will be a wake-up call for all politicians, but especially for the well-publicized scene in Chicago.

Nelson Marans, Silver Spring

A comeback for Jackson Jr.?

For all the people who are saddened and upset that Triple J has been caught, have no fear. When Jesse Jackson Jr. gets out of prison, I am positive that a book will be written, an Oprah interview will be scheduled and a re-election soon will follow. History shall repeat itself.

Patrick Kennedy, Mt. Greenwood

How to curb gun carnage

There are a number of measures Congress can take to curb gun violence. They need to close the gun show loophole. There is no reason a gun seller these days shouldn’t be able to pull up a national database on a smart phone, tablet or computer, type in a customer’s name and the last four digits of his Social Security number and be able to tell immediately if he is legally qualified to buy a gun. We also need a mandatory national registration system for all firearms; it would track every transfer whether by sale, theft, loss or gift. That’s how we’ll end the straw man illegal black market trade in guns to criminals. We should ban the sale of high-capacity magazines and assault weapons. We already ban automatic weapons and no one has the right to an anti-craft missile. It’s perfectly constitutional to restrict ownership of certain weapons.

Let’s not forget that the semi-automatics used in Sandy Hook, Aurora and most of the other mass shootings were bought legally. And the murderers, for the most part, were all law-abiding citizens until they went on their rampages. We can’t possibly prevent every psychopath from acquiring a gun, but we can limit the damage they cause. Most gun owners handle their weapons responsibly, but they are not well represented by the NRA and its cronies in Washington. Congress should ignore the gun lobby and put an end to the carnage.

Mark Garrity, Downers Grove

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