Letter: Sensible Start to Gun Control

To the Editor:

I recently received a letter from a friend that was so profound that I thought the ideas should be shared with others. As Nancy Pelosi said recently, “... the slaughter of innocents demands we muster the political will to make sensible changes to this nation’s gun laws.”

My friend has a fairly sizable gun collection and has been an avid shooter as well as a rather indifferent hunter. He has also carried a concealed weapon on a regular basis in the course of his inspection business. However, he says that the most recent shootings have “moved me to the core of my being. I am convinced that we cannot continue a national dialogue about guns, violence in the media, mental health, etc. without taking some steps now .” His letter was very convincing.

Here’s what I want from Congress:

∎  The sale or possession of assault-type weapons be made illegal (with a buy-back provision for those in circulation) with very stringent penalties for violations.

∎  The sale or possession of magazines holding more than 10 rounds for any weapon be banned.

∎  The gun show loophole be eliminated. All transactions involving firearms must be accomplished through licensed dealers, who are required to perform background checks on buyers.

∎  Anyone who purchases a firearm of any kind must be able to document completion of a certified firearms training program.

The above are not solutions, but they are a start. Let’s get this done, now. Politicians will almost always bend to the way the political winds are blowing. Letters to their offices are best (not telephone calls and not emails because they don’t pay much, if any, attention to those). If they get enough of them on this issue hopefully it will change or reinforce their position.

Blakeney Bartlett