Common sense on guns

Let’s face it: We live in a country that cares more about its guns than its children; where the right to life includes a fetus but not school children; where the 2nd Amendment has taken on a religious fervor; and where unstable young men have easy access to weapons of war.

Guns are the No. 1 cause of death among children, yet we do nothing. Republicans claim mental health is the issue, yet they do nothing to provide mental health services. They claim expansion of background checks would infringe on fundamental freedoms and reject common sense solutions favored by a huge majority, including minimum age limits, red flag laws and domestic violence prohibitions.

Banning assault-type weapons is anathema to Republicans, but is there really a reason for anyone, especially an 18-year-old, to have such a weapon? For the 10-year period our ban was in place, it was highly effective at reducing mass murders. If New Zealand could quickly ban these weapons after one terrible mass shooting, why can’t we?

President Biden recently approved restrictions to get untraceable weapons off the streets and crack down on those who sell and manufacture them, but of course, Gun Owners of America quickly vowed to oppose the new rules. We must do something to prevent the carnage. Please vote for candidates who share our concerns.

– Carol Cure, Durango