Legislative action can address gun violence

Posted 8/14/19

In the aftermath of the El Paso and Dayton shootings, Republican leadership has fallen back on their old talking points that the real problem is mental illness and violent video games — which …

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Legislative action can address gun violence

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In the aftermath of the El Paso and Dayton shootings, Republican leadership has fallen back on their old talking points that the real problem is mental illness and violent video games — which are bogus. Other first world countries have mental illness and use violent video games, but have 25 times less guns. We have 25 times more guns and 25 times more gun violence.  How dense must people be to ignore this correlation?

People who argue for gun rights are really saying they accept the resulting violence to maintain their current access to guns.  They believe the protection value of their own guns exceeds the risk that the huge number of guns in our country bring.  For them, 35,000 gun violence deaths per year in the US is not too high a price.  Until it strikes close to home, as Ohio Republican Representative Mike Turner discovered.

There are many legislative actions which can address gun violence, all of which will increase the burden on those who own guns.  None will solve the problem outright, but all will chip away at the massive number of guns available in the country and the risks they create.  We need reasonable — and substantive — legislative action now. Unfortunately, the majority of Republicans are highly unlikely to act, which makes your vote in 2020 all the more important.

— Mike Corbett, Rome

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