Letter: There are ways to stop gun violence

Letter: There are ways to stop gun violence

Erie Times-News A cartoon I like depicts the founders of our democracy writing the Constitution, more specifically, the Second Amendment. The bubble declares “Instead of saying ‘the right of the militia to keep and bear a smooth-bore, single-shot flintlock-based musket’ just say ‘arms’ and they’ll understand.” But what do we understand? Does “militia” mean designated groups or individuals? Do “arms” include guns, cannons, machine guns, war machines? According to gunviolencearchive.org, suicides by guns outnumber homicides, and both numbers continue to rise. No matter which source you consult, the conclusion reached is that death by firearms in the U.S. is too high, much higher than in countries like Japan, the United Kingdom, Norway and Australia, where incentives and legislation have been implemented to decrease the number of firearms in citizens’ possession. Organizations like the Brady Campaign, Everytown for Gun Safety and the mother of them all, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, are working diligently to reduce this epidemic of gun violence. Legaljobs.io/blog recommends making sure gun owners pass more rigorous background checks. Time Magazine recommends making buying a gun similar to buying a car ― requiring a license, registration and some training. They also recommend passing gun laws that work to reduce gun violence, that physicians should be allowed to discuss gun safety, mandating gun safety technology that limits a gun’s use to its owner only, increasing funding for gun violence research and ending immunity for gun manufacturers. With gun violence rising, doesn’t it make sense to support these […]

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