Letter: Now is the time to regulate guns

Letter: Now is the time to regulate guns

Shortly after the Parkland shooting on Feb. 14, I was driving from Corvallis to Albany when I saw a sign on the side of the road promoting a gun show in the area. The sickening thoughts crossed my mind, “would the firearm used in the next school shooting be sold here?” “Would the next school shooting happen at a school one of my sons attend?” “Would one of my children be killed in the next school shooting?” I don’t consider myself anti-gun. I own a rifle. My brother helped me purchase it at Bi-Mart. It did not take very long (about an hour). In my opinion, it didn’t take long enough. I spent more time recently ordering my new iPhone, and much more time setting it up. I consider school shootings a “never event,” a kind of mistake that should never happen. They only seem to be occurring with increased frequency and regularity, however. We can agree to disagree on why school shootings happen, but we can’t disagree that school shootings would not happen without firearms. I urge everyone to contact their respective lawmakers to regulate and diminish access to firearms and to mandate the use of modern technological and security advances to assure that only trained, licensed and responsible individuals be allowed to use them. It will be difficult and imperfect, as many public policies are, but the alternatives do not seem more appealing and waiting and hoping the next school shooting doesn’t affect my family feels pathetic. […]

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