I guess it's too much to ask the House members to vote their consciences when it comes to the gun problem and the resultant tragedies in our society ["House Votes to Weaken Senate Gun Show Checks," front page, June 18]. I know that in today's world money usually speaks louder than words. Little did I know, until now, that money -- namely, the NRA's -- can speak louder than actions.

Clearly, Littleton and the other school tragedies -- not to mention what happens every night on the mean streets of Washington, Detroit, the Bronx and Camden -- should have taught a lesson. Sadly, the lesson remains unlearned in the House.

GLENN HAVINOVISKI

Fairfax

I am appalled that the Republican-controlled House refused to enact a three-day waiting period for those purchasing firearms at gun shows.

Rep. Bob Barr of Georgia, an NRA member, thinks that posting the Ten Commandments in schools will do more to reduce violence than taking guns out of the hands of criminals who make purchases at gun shows. Maybe these lawmakers should post their own Ten Commandments:

(1) Thou shalt not make it easier for others to kill.

(2)Thou shalt not be in the pocket of the NRA.

(3) Thou shalt not make senseless statements about the Second Amendment.

(3) Thou shalt not prevent cities from filing suits against the gun industry.

(4) Thou shalt not let people sell guns out of trunks of cars at gun shows.

(5) Thou shalt outlaw all assault weapons.

(6) Thou shalt not allow anyone under age 21 to possess a firearm.

(7)Thou shalt mandate efficient safety locks on firearms.

(8) Thou shalt condemn gun ads that glorify weapons in the hands of kids.

(9) Thou shalt take courses in separation of church and state.

(10) Thou shalt re-read the Ten Commandments.

Instead of doing something to prevent senseless shootings, the Republicans focus mostly on prosecution after the crimes are committed. That doesn't save many lives.

RICH KLEIN

New York

Congress, in a moment of sanity, has voted to reinstitute the displaying of the Ten Commandments in the nation's schools [front page, June 1].

James Madison, chief architect of the Constitution, stated the importance of this legislation passing when he said, "We have staked the future of all of our political institutions upon the capacity of all of us to govern ourselves based upon the Ten Commandments of God." This legislation is the most important to come down the pike in a long, long time. Way to go, Congress.

DAVID L. COOK

Loveland, Colo.