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Letter: A Debate Vermont Needs to Have

To the Editor:

I agree with James Dixon of Thetford (“Ducking the Gun Issue,” Feb. 6) who was disappointed that the Vermont Senate had decided not to debate banning assault weapons. The Senate should not be afraid to have this necessary discussion because Vermont’s lack of responsible gun-safety laws affects other states. I think every community in every state needs to take part in this debate. The daily violence all around us is a public safety and a health problem of major proportions.

If the Newtown, Conn., mass murder was the last straw, people should know that dozens of children die each day from gun violence, including suicide, according to the Childrens Defense Fund. This is unacceptable!

Thankfully, the Vermont House has taken up the charge through H.124 and H.243. These two bills propose common-sense gun-safety laws that all reasonable people should be able to agree on.

If readers of this letter are outraged and fed up with all the gun violence, there is one practical thing they can do right now: They can pick up the phone and call the sergeant-at-arms office at 802-828-2228 and ask that a note be passed to their state legislators and members of the House Committee on Judiciary to support H.124 and H.243. Our legislators need to know they have our support. To find Vermont legislators, go to www.leg.state.vt.us/legdir/FindMyMember.cfm.

It is time our state senators pull their heads out of the sand and allow the debate to begin.

Sharon Racusin

Norwich

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