Daily Archives: Jan. 15, 2013

Impressive work on federal gun prosecutions

If there is anything that people of all political persuasions can agree on regarding guns, it may be that existing gun laws should be better enforced and felons with firearms should be prosecuted. So it’s impressive that only Puerto Rico and the Western District of Texas had more federal gun prosecutions in the fiscal year ending September 2012 than Kansas, where the office of U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom (in photo) filed gun-related charges against 447 people. Kansas also led the nation in such prosecutions in fiscal 2011. Grissom said he has told local agencies: “If they are felons and you can pull them over and they are armed, give them to us and we will cut them out of your community. You can have a huge impact on the crime rate.”

District 4 residents need representation now

Because their next meeting isn’t until Feb. 5, Wichita City Council members need to make it a priority Tuesday to fill the open District 4 seat, which Michael O’Donnell exited last month to join the Kansas Senate. Last week council members had two chances to hear from the three capable men still seeking the temporary appointment – real-estate agent Jeff Blubaugh and former council members Stan Reeser and Paul Gray – but deferred the vote. Citizens in the southwest Wichita district deserve council representation without further delay, and it would be unacceptable if the council’s indecision left the seat empty until after the April election.