Americans want to feel safe in their homes, schools, and communities. We need sensible gun laws that protect the rights of law abiding citizens to own guns, while keeping firearms out of the hands of criminals, the mentally ill, and children. We can’t afford to sit and wait for the next mass shooting. We need systematic background checks, red flag laws, and other measures put in place now, before more lives are lost.
Every day that we do nothing costs more American lives. The civilian gun death rate in the United States is nearly 5 times that of Canada, 35 times that of the United Kingdom, and 53 times that of Japan. Gun violence is out of control in this country, but it doesn’t have to be that way.
We need to rethink how guns are manufactured, distributed, and sold if we are to have any hope of reducing the number of horrendous school shootings and other gun violence.
Just look at the state of Massachusetts, which implemented a rational policy for managing firearms. It simply treats using a gun like driving a car: every owner is required to register and obtain a license. Massachusetts now reports the lowest gun death rates in the United States, with only 3.6 gun-deaths per 100,000 people.
Don’t fall prey to misinformation. We can solve this problem right now and still allow law-abiding citizens to own guns.
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