Opinion: Gun sense

To the Editor,

Isn’t there a way to make it harder to access guns in this country? The answer, of course, is yes. And a majority of Americans agree with that statement, according to polls. Yet, our friends in power seem reluctant to act. I’m not advocating taking away the legitimate rights of gun owners and people who hunt, I’m just wondering if there is a way to tighten up the current laws and rules for those that want to use them in a responsible way. There is a lot of talk of expanding background checks and passing “Red Flag Laws” that would give certain authorities the power to take guns away from individuals that are deemed threats to others. There are probably other common sense ideas that could be explored, but too many politicians don’t want to even talk about it. They certainly don’t want to look weak. But that’s exactly what they look like by not doing anything. Why should an 18 year old be allowed to purchase an assault weapon? Did you ever wonder why they call it an “Assault weapon”? It sure isn’t used for hunting rabbits or squirrels or deer. Maybe the regulations to buy one should be looked at again?

Let’s not let these mass shootings become more common than they already are. Call or write your representatives and tell them you’d like to see some common sense changes to the way Americans can purchase weapons.

Steve Sartori

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