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May 23, 2015

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Letter to the editor:

Choose safety over special interests

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On Tuesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved two bills concerning gun safety: expanding background checks and renewing a grant to fund improvements to school security.

This is certainly a start, but in a nation that has some of the weakest gun laws along with horrendous rates of gun violence, we must not settle on this issue. Universal background checks on all gun sales are necessary, as is addressing a multitude of other factors: more accessible mental health services, especially in our high schools and universities; banning high-capacity ammunition clips and military-grade weapons; and ensuring that every person who wishes to purchase a gun is educated on safety and accountability of gun ownership. Infringing on our Second Amendment rights? I don’t think so. My husband and I are gun owners — he is a former member of the National Rifle Association — and we choose being safe in our schools, churches, malls and theaters over the special interests in Washington.

This is about our children and our communities, not about how much money the gun manufacturers and Wal-Mart superstores can keep on making while the senseless violence continues.

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