Trump must lead gun con­trol change

Northumberland Today - - OPINION -

I’ve read with in­ter­est news sto­ries fol­low­ing the shoot­ings in Las Ve­gas, an at­tack which has been de­scribed as the dead­li­est mass shoot­ing in mod­ern U.S. his­tory and as an “act of pure evil” by U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump.

Ma­chine-guns are le­gal un­der Ne­vada state law and peo­ple don’t need a per­mit to buy or pos­sess a ri­fle, shot­gun or hand­gun there.

For­mer U.S. House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives mem­ber Gabrielle Gif­fords of Ari­zona, who sur­vived be­ing shot in the head in 2011 while meet­ing with con­stituents out­side a su­per­mar­ket, has been fight­ing to stop gun vi­o­lence in the States. She co-founded Amer­i­cans for Re­spon­si­ble So­lu­tions and has spoken out strongly about the events in Las Ve­gas, call­ing on Con­gress to take ac­tion, ask­ing po­lit­i­cal lead­ers to “find the courage” to deal with the is­sue of gun vi­o­lence.

The shooter, who killed him­self, had an ar­se­nal in his pos­ses­sion. Thanks to the many mass shoot­ings in the U.S. in re­cent years, peo­ple live in fear and it is time Pres­i­dent Trump strength­ens the law for the safety of his fel­low Amer­i­cans. Roscoe Reilly, Wel­land

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