Guest Opinion: Gun violence continues to plague America

Guest Opinion: Gun violence continues to plague America

It was with a deep sense of sadness and disbelief that I read the lead article in the April 15 edition of The Westerly Sun, entitled “Westerly councilors take stand against state gun bills.” According to this article, at least six members of the seven-member Town Council voted to approve a local resolution declaring that several of the bills being proposed by the General Assembly “potentially abridge our Second Amendment rights”. They also proposed to name Westerly a “gun sanctuary city.” The seven gun bills proposed by the Rhode Island General Assembly includes one “prohibiting possession of firearms on school grounds except for police officers, retired law enforcement officers, people under contract to provide security service and unloaded firearms in locked containers in cars”. Does anyone believe that it is safe to have no restrictions on who can carry a gun in school? As a former teacher and administrator, I cannot even imagine what this would mean to school safety. Other bills include national background checks, placing a ban on magazines holding 10 or more rounds, banning the sale or possession of assault rifles and requiring firearms to be stored in locked containers. None of these seem to deny anyone their Second Amendment rights. The arguments for and against these “common sense” measures have been well-publicized. Two thirds of the country supports tighter gun laws. The council seems to me to be on the wrong side of history. I’m wondering if our elected officials realize what is happening in […]

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