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June 20, 2013 at 8:30 PM

Gun control in the United States

Background checks are necessary

In this Jan. 16, 2013 photo,  assault weapons and hand guns are seen for sale at Capitol City Arms Supply in Springfield, Ill. [AP Photo/Seth Perlman.]

In this Jan. 16, 2013 photo, assault weapons and hand guns are seen for sale at Capitol City Arms Supply in Springfield, Ill. [AP Photo/Seth Perlman.]

I feel lucky to live in America. We have freedoms people living in many other countries do not. Our freedoms, assured by our laws, are designed to enable citizens to live the best life possible while adhering to ethical principles the society as a whole agrees are “self evident.”

The so-called freedom that allows any person in the country, kind or evil, law-abiding or criminal, sane or not, to own a gun is not a freedom most of us want. Just as we do not want the freedom to murder someone or drive the streets uncontrolled by traffic lights, the majority of us do not want the easy access to guns that allows a daily average of 30 Americans to be killed in gun violence and 151 people to show up in an Emergency Room with a nonfatal gunshot wound.

In today’s world, a majority of Americans believe it is evident Congress needs to pass gun reform now. I am one of those Americans. Gun violence is out of control, and I am ashamed to live in country that continues to allow felons, domestic abusers, and the dangerously mentally ill to purchase guns without a background check.

Any member of Congress who does not act to approve simple background checks for all gun sales is party to murder and limiting my freedom to live peacefully in a society where I need not fear that my loved ones may be randomly murdered by a man with a gun that was so easy to get.

Jacquie Stock, Seattle

Comments | More in Politics | Topics: background check, Congress, crime


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