There are nearly 300 million privately owned guns in the United States -- the majority are legally owned, safely used and carefully tended. I support my neighbor’s right to arms – for self-protection, for hunting and for recreation. However, I refuse to believe that we cannot strike a balance between Second Amendment rights and the safety of our children. I urge you to:
1. Stand up to the NRA’s use of fear tactics about gun control, and fight vigorously to reduce gun violence.
2. Quickly and transparently debate Senator Feinstein’s proposed legislation to prospectively ban assault weapons, big clips, drums or strips of more than ten bullets
3. Pledge to enact meaningful legislation in 2013 that will help to reduce gun violence by limiting access to assault weapons, increasing registration and background check requirements.
The problems of violence and mental illness in our society are very complex and no amount of legislation will completely solve the growing crisis of gun violence. But this voter is counting on you to try.
While the media and fringe groups will seek to polarize this issue, please employ common sense and determination to help put an end to gun violence in this country, in New England, and unfathomably, in our elementary schools. Thank you.
Exeter, New Hampshire