This is in response to a recent Last Word submission "Deaths in Chicago" asking for a response from a Democrat about the high number of deaths in Chicago, and asking what the Democrats and our outgoing president have done to help the situation.
I have the answer to the question, but not the solution to the problem.
Because the Republican Congress has bowed to the will of the NRA, no bill will ever pass in the house to close the gun show loophole that exists in federal laws; nor will the General Assembly do so here in Virginia. People are free to attend a gun show in Virginia and purchase anything from a handgun to the AR-15 out of the back of a private gun seller's car, and do whatever they want to do with it, even transport it to Chicago and sell it to someone who should not have a gun. That is called gun running, and that has been going on for years.
Until Congress and our Republican-led General Assembly get some good old fashioned guts, it will continue. So, please do not blame the Democrats. They have been fighting for mandatory background checks for years.
Ann L. Hunt
James City County