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Letter to the editor

Background checks needed for guns

POSTED: June 23, 2013 8:00 a.m.
 

Gun violence in America is out of control. One in three people in the U.S. knows someone who has been shot, and nearly one in four American teens have witnessed a shooting.

Every day, 33 Americans are murdered with guns and 140 are treated for gun assaults in an emergency room.

Many of these shootings occur because felons, domestic abusers and the dangerously mentally ill are still able to purchase guns without a simple background check.

Right now in most states, these people can walk into a gun show, or flea market — or even log on to the Internet — and buy weapons from unlicensed sellers, no questions asked.

A shocking 40 percent of gun transactions, including online sales and purchases at gun shows, do not require a background check. And while legislation to require background checks on all gun sales is ignored by Congress, dozens of Americans continue to die every day as a result of gun violence.

A simple but effective background check can stop dangerous people from buying guns. In fact, Brady background checks through licensed gun dealers have already stopped more than 2 million criminals and domestic abusers from getting guns.

The vast majority of Americans agrees that Congress should pass legislation to require a simple background check on all gun sales. If our leaders are not willing to represent the united voice of their constituents, then we will hold them accountable at election time.

 

Alyssa Giglia

Cumming

 

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