Gun violence

Each year, 30,000 people in the United States are killed by firearms. Most can agree that more can be done to prevent gun violence. The controversy begins when specific gun policies are discussed.

In December the House passed a bill improving reporting for background checks, but they attached the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act to it, which would allow gun owners to conceal handguns across state lines. If the latter is signed into law, states with the strictest gun policies would have to abide by the laws of the states with the weakest policies.

In the coming year we will continue to call on Congress to support common-sense gun policies that would encourage responsible gun ownership beginning with enforceable background checks, bans on military-style assault weapons, and safe storage requirements. Contact your members of Congress to support stronger gun policies. –Cherelle M. Dessus