A few years ago my life was nearly shattered by gun violence when an attempted robbery in a hotel parking lot resulted in my husband being shot with a shotgun. The attacker had been convicted of violent crimes and yet was able to legally purchase a firearm because background checks are not required for shotguns.
I fully support our president’s executive action to reduce gun violence. It seems that there is a misconception regarding what this will mean for the average gun owner.
As long as someone is a law-abiding citizen, the executive action will not affect the ability to obtain a gun. It may increase the amount of time it takes to get a gun, but this is a rather small price to pay for public safety.
Restricting the access of criminals to dangerous weapons is not an attack on our right to own a gun. It is a sensible way to start to deal with our country’s epidemic of gun violence.
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Will this executive action prevent all gun violence? Certainly no one is arguing that it will, but for those people who do not lose a spouse, child or parent to gun violence, it will make all the difference.