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February 27, 2014

Letter: A Safe Driving bill? Don't be fooled!

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While there doesn’t seem to be anything safe in this bill, the sponsors of it argue that those who are here illegally will be able to get licenses and then purchase insurance, thus making us all better off and potentially safer. But history doesn’t support this. In New Mexico, where drivers’ licenses are granted to those without lawful status, the state has the second highest percentage of uninsured drivers in the nation.

I also want to get back to firearms for a moment. I propose we have a new bill: An Act Relative to Gun Safety. In this bill we would offer gun licenses to those without a Social Security number or regardless of immigration status. Forget the other application requirements too, like “Have you ever used or been known by another name?” Do you think my new bill would make guns safer? Or citizens safer from gun violence?

The twisted logic you see in my Gun Safety Bill is the same as that used by those who are promoting the Safe Driving Bill. Don’t be fooled. Don’t let them get away with it. Call your legislators and tell them to oppose H.3285.

Ted Tripp

North Andover

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