Re: "The sorry spectacle of Canada's legislative process being hijacked by the gun lobby's agenda," (The Hill Times, June 18, p. 11, by Boufeldja Benabdallah, Heidi Rathjen, and Michel Leroux). I read the mischaracterization of the "pro-gun interests hijacking the legislative process surrounding Bill C-71 would make the NRA proud." Never have I heard a more duplicitous rambling, or such a misguided statement. The Liberals' purported purpose for C-71 was to address urban firearm violence perpetrated by organized gangs. There is not one measure within that legislation designed to do that, and each and every provision within C-71 is aimed directly at legitimate firearm owners who are not now, and have never been the problem. In the aftermath of the shooting injury of two toddlers in Toronto, the Liberals should be ashamed of having entirely have missed the mark on addressing gang violence, and Ms. Rathjen seems to care more about punishing law-abiding sports shooters than taking any useful steps against actual criminals shooting up our cities. Worse than having introduced legislation which punishes the innocent, the Liberals have failed to achieve their goals, and have given no evidence to justify the continued harassment of the wrong targets. With their C-75 legislation, indeed the Liberals are ironically reducing sentences for violent crimes, and are giving the impression that they want more of the same. Canadian firearm owners are getting sick and tired of being repeatedly confused for criminals, and Bill C-71 and Bill C-75 should not be brought into law. Indeed, Canadians should be concerned that their government is bereft of ideas as to how to effectively deal with illegal weapons and criminal actions, and should instead elect one who does. Meanwhile, these columnists' hysterics are not in any way helpful and may have dire unintended consequences by deflecting legislative attention and policing resources into measures which simply aren't useful. Robert S. Sciuk Wellesly, Ont.