The majority of Americans — Republicans, Democrats and Independents — want common sense gun control measures to protect innocent school children such as those murdered in Uvalde, Texas.
The Gun Violence Research Center recommends additional studies on this growing public health threat. Unfortunately, the National Rifle Association vehemently opposed such studies, which ended federally funded gun control research and politicians blocked the passage of time-tested legislation. data to combat gun violence.
Nevertheless, research-based evidence suggests the following measures:
• Require licensing and comprehensive firearms safety training for gun owners.
• Ban high-capacity magazines for automatic weapons – and ammunition feeders for semi-automatic weapons – and require the same background checks for ammunition purchases as for firearms purchases.
• Raise the minimum age to purchase firearms to 21 (the federal drinking age). The maximum age for violent interactions with a firearm is 18 to 21 years old. (The Florida Republican legislature did just that after the Parkland school shooting.)
• Promulgate a “red flag” law, allowing law enforcement to confiscate firearms from individuals whom a court deems dangerous to themselves or others.
Pennsylvania has NONE of these laws. In our opinion, we should pass them.
Parkland survivor David Hogg says: “Focus on what we can agree on.” Americans have worked together to reduce road deaths through seatbelt and drunk driving campaigns — we can do it too.
For more information, see the websites of Moms Demand Action, Everytown, CeaseFirePA, Brady United (“Take action, not alongside”) and Gun Sense candidates in PA. And let your legislator know that this issue is critically important to you!
ROSE and DAN REEDER
Submitted by Virtual Newsroom