Maine Voices: Maine’s senators must lead on gun-violence prevention

Maine Voices: Maine’s senators must lead on gun-violence prevention

After spending more than a year dealing with COVID-19, our country is finally starting to open back up. But our return to normal has been marred by senseless acts of violence around the country. These tragedies serve as stark reminders that it’s long past time to confront our nation’s other epidemic: gun violence. Seventy percent of Mainers, including 63 percent of gun owners, support the Bipartisan Backgrond Checks Act, new polling has found. Fer Gregory/Shutterstock.com Gun violence threatens Americans in every facet of our daily lives. Whether we are sending our kids to school, picking up groceries from the store or praying in our houses of worship, the threat of gun violence is nearly omnipresent in many parts of our country. There have already been over 300 mass shootings in 2021 alone (according to the Gun Violence Archive, which defines a mass shooting as an incident in which at least four people have been shot or killed, not including the shooter). Our hearts broke when eight people, six of whom were Asian American women, were killed in spas across Atlanta in March – and then again not even a week later, when 10 more were killed at a grocery store in Boulder, Colorado, including a brave law enforcement officer who tried to stop the perpetrator. Here in Maine, an average of three people die from gun violence – from suicide or homicide – every week. I fully support the Second Amendment rights of responsible gun owners. But I also […]

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