Thursday March 29, 2018
Reform is needed to make our nation safer.
I have been deeply moved by the stories that I have heard coming from the March for Our Lives. After leaving the march in Reading, I walked away with the message that students and teachers are not trying to take away the rights of gun owners to bear arms but are instead asking for legislation to prevent the sale of semiautomatic assault-type rifles and high-capacity magazines to the general public, as well as eliminate the existing gun sales loopholes.
I have heard backlash from various groups, including a TV ad for the National Rifle Association, that the march participants are misinformed and more guns are the answer. Misinformation exists, but from what I have seen, it is not coming from the marchers. Semiautomatic assault-type rifles and high-capacity magazines are not necessary for personal safety, so there is no need for the general public to be in possession of such items.
The NRA's call for more guns in schools is a thinly veiled scare tactic that will make the NRA very wealthy and increase the amount of money it has available to contribute to politicians. I urge readers to contact local legislators to let them know reform is needed in order to decrease the frequency and lethality of gun violence.
Marchers deserve America's respect