Letter to the editor: Lawmakers and guns

March 3, 2014 

After reading the “Concealed-carry gun exemption for elected officials” article in the Feb. 7 edition of the Statesman, I take issue with Rep. Lenore Barrett’s comments. It was reported that she doesn’t think lawmakers like her should have to go through the process to apply for a permit. She was quoted as saying, “I don’t think I ought to have to do that. Mainly because you get fingerprinted and I resent that. When I haven’t committed a crime, I’m not giving them my fingerprints. It’s unnecessarily cumbersome for honest people.”

Cumbersome? Seriously? For honest people? Is Rep. Barrett saying that regular citizens aren’t honest people but lawmakers like her are? Are you kidding?

I think honest people wouldn’t be afraid to be fingerprinted. They’ve got nothing to hide. It’s even a requirement for some jobs. It might even be a good idea for our lawmakers to have to be fingerprinted for their jobs. Then it would certainly be detected if any of them had ever been arrested, such as Rep. Mark Patterson. Just sayin’. Rep. Barrett seems like another example of an egotistical politician who has put herself on a pedestal. Her job must be cumbersome for her.

CATHERINE SWANSON, Kuna

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