Viewpoint: America's Gun Problem

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I'm appalled by comments from people who do not think we need better gun laws/background checks (Oct. 10 letter, "More gun regulations won't stop the bad guys").

This figure is not necessarily representative of illegal ownership of unregistered guns.

■ Since the December 14, 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook, in which 26 people - including 20 small children - were killed, Congress has passed exactly zero gun laws.

Where is the U.S. Congress? A bump stock, as I found out, was used by the Las Vegas shooter. He outfitted two of the guns with a bump stock which makes the rifle fire automatically using its recoil.

Both major political parties agreed that this gun modifier shouldn't be available to the general public.

Last year, our state enacted a Safety for All ballot initiative, which requires background checks for ammunition purchases and bans large-capacity ammunition.

Since 2012, there have been over 1,300 mass shootings in America, which averages one a day.

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Can we permanently prevent deaths by guns? Gun owners and their families are statistically more likely to die in a suicide attempt than non-owners. I want our country to be great again and stand as a shining example to the rest of the world of the many fruits enjoyed by a prosperous, civil and fair democracy for all of its people.

These countries prove heavy gun control can be effective when properly implemented. It means restricting access to military-grade firearms. California law does not allow for the carry of concealed weapons without a Carry Concealed (CCW) license, issued only by a California county sheriff to that county's residents or by the police chief to residents of that city.

Gun possession is not an unlimited right, and it's subject to some restrictions to maintain public peace. When sexual harassment and assault allegations swirled around producer Harvey Weinstein, he denied the allegations and tried to redirect the media to gun control, stating, "I've decided I'm going to give the NRA my full attention".

The Second Amendment states, "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed".

But making the purchase of firearms more hard is not equal to confiscation or destruction of the Second Amendment.

Responsible gun ownership is an important part of the Second Amendment, and I hope these students do not get morally questioned for exercising that right even in a time where gun policy is a heated discussion. Also we certainly don't have "a well regulated militia" as required in the Constitution unless the individual states' National Guard units serve that goal in which case they are already well-armed and well-regulated. This clarification within the constitution would have expanded unlimited access to firearms for individual Americans. I have said it before, and I will say it again and again-if not for the NRA and its millions of members, we would be another England or Australia with regards to civilian disarmament.

The gravity of America's gun problem became apparent once again the night of October 1 in Las Vegas when a lone gunman on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort unleashed a barrage of bullets from a stash of weapons into a crowd of concertgoers below.

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