Once again, your editorial staff looks like the "gang that couldn't shoot straight" for its support of the Brady Law in the June 26 Deseret News. Exactly how conclusive is the evidence that criminals buy their guns from retailers when you can only document 69,000 rejections out of 2.6 million applicants? A figure of 2.7 percent probably isn't even as high as the margin of error in the statistics. It's also less than the national illiteracy rate.

Applying the Deseret News' standards, you could probably conclude that not only are our criminals stupid, they can't read either. Of course, both conclusions are ridiculous. What those statistics do support, assuming they are accurate, is that criminals, by definition, aren't usually going to abide by the law. They are cunning, defiant and manipulative. Think about it. Who's going to permit a background check on themselves when their record is already tainted?What your editorial failed to mention is more profound than its conclusions. It neglected the fact that virtually all gun advocacy groups supported the im-ple-men-ta-tion of a nationwide instantaneous background check at point of purchase. The NRA advocated this system when the Brady Bill originally failed to pass, only to have the bureaucrats pound their chest in defiance of the "evil and dark" NRA. If the Deseret News wants to jump on the bandwagon of political correctness and then proceed to jam it down our throats, that is certainly the newspaper's choice.

I believe the citizens expect this paper to demonstrate the decency to be objective about such an inflammatory issue. Furthermore, as a nonmember of the NRA, it frustrates me to hear and read the reporting of the NRA's views in our media. Not one local or national medium dares grant the NRA an uninterrupted forum to express its views, unabridged and unedited, even with a significant financial commitment from the organization itself. The readers can and should ask themselves why. Some of us already know the answer.

Ralph Allen

Syracuse