Gun violence prevention doesn’t have to be an issue of extremes, advocate tells Bird Rock council

Gun violence prevention doesn’t have to be an issue of extremes, advocate tells Bird Rock council

(Ashley Mackin-Solomon) Ron Marcus, president of San Diegans for Gun Violence Prevention (bottom center) addresses the Bird Rock Community Council during its Oct. 5 meeting. Hoping to dispel what he called the “one polarizing narrative that seems to be prevalent” in the complex issue of gun ownership, Ron Marcus, president of San Diegans for Gun Violence Prevention , spoke at the Oct. 5 Bird Rock Community Council meeting to explain the concepts and initiatives his group supports. He said a common perception is that there are only extreme ends of the gun issue — “people that are Second Amendment rights activists on one end, then … the ‘gun grabbers’ on the other side.” “There doesn’t seem to be any middle ground,” he said. The reality, Marcus argued, is “very different.” He said San Diegans for Gun Violence Prevention, or SD4GVP, “represents the majority of Americans that simply want to have good safety checks in place to keep guns from falling into the hands of those that shouldn’t have them.” He said the group advocates improved education for gun owners, suicide prevention, regulation of “ghost guns” and enforcement of “red flag laws.” “We lobby for common-sense gun legislation but also just educating households, schools and parents on how to safely store your guns,” he said. “Most parents that hide their guns in the house think they have done a good job of keeping the kids from knowing where the guns are, but in 75 percent of households with guns, the […]

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