Tuesday March 5, 2013

I would like to add my support to the members of the Northern Berkshire Interfaith Action Initiative in response to their call for action against gun violence (Letter, Feb. 28.)

I am not in the business of or interested in taking rights away from law-abiding citizens. The argument that "it’s a constitutional right to bear arms" shouldn’t be used to argue against requiring background checks for all gun purchases and to limit the availability of certain types of weapons from the general public.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, gun violence accounted for more than 30,000 deaths in 2012. Those arguing against these proposed requirements are right that requiring background checks isn’t going to completely diminish the number of deaths attributed to gun violence, the same as requiring a driver’s license and a registered vehicle certainly doesn’t stop someone from stealing a car and using it in a way that is separate from the original intention of the vehicle’s manufacture and purchase.

However, shouldn’t we at least try to prevent even one more Sandy Hook, or Tucson, or Columbine? Guns obtained legally but used for illegal purposes, whether by someone who is mentally ill or not, need to be dealt with as well, but I think we need to take this one step at a time, and view it with a little common sense.


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ERIN KIRCHNER

Windsor