As family of Mark Sobie grieve his death after a self-inflicted gunshot wound last week at a Wyoming shooting range, they question why no laws prevented him from renting a firearm.Well that's two more we didn't know about. I hope Baldr is keeping count, I know no one else is. Yet, the pro-gun folks keep telling us how rare these things are. The truth is they have no idea how many there are.
A background check, they say, would have shown the 43-year-old's felony bank robbery conviction, an offense that led him to serve 30 months in federal prison. The criminal record prevents him from purchasing or possessing a gun.
“We would have had a chance,” Sobie’s sister, Christine Jones, said Thursday, Nov. 8, a day before family were to gather for his funeral. “They could have called police.”
Officers from the Wyoming Police Department responded to Silver Bullet Firearms Oct. 30 and found Sobie suffering from a gunshot wound. He could not be revived and was later pronounced dead.
Sobie’s death marked the second at the range, 5121 South Division Ave., in four years. Both were ruled suicides.
In addition to the background check for renting a gun, which I agree is a good idea, there should be a 24-hour waiting period. These two requirements would save lives.
What's your opinion? Don't you get a little tired of the pro-gun objections to things that would save lives but inconvenience them a little bit? I do?
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