We need com­mon sense gun laws

The News & Observer - - Opinion -

I dropped my 6 year old off at school the morn­ing after the Thou­sand Oaks shoot­ing. I wasn’t think­ing about what he would learn or eat for lunch. I was think­ing about how a shooter might ac­cess his class­room, where he could hide, and that I need to make sure my last words to him are “I love you.”

We have had 307 mass shoot­ings this year in the U.S. That is 307 too many. We must en­act com­mon sense gun leg­is­la­tion in our coun­try. I re­spect the Sec­ond Amend­ment, and we can en­sure both the right to own guns and be safe in our schools and gather­ing places.

We could: 1) re­quire back­ground checks on all gun pur­chasers; 2) li­cense firearm own­ers; 3) regis­ter firearms; 4) reg­u­late firearms deal­ers and am­mu­ni­tion sell­ers; 5) re­quire the re­port­ing of lost or stolen firearms; 6) im­pose a wait­ing pe­riod be­fore the sale of a firearm; and 7) limit firearm pur­chases to one per per­son ev­ery 90 days.

We can do bet­ter, and we must do bet­ter.

– Katie Son­nen-Lee

Win­ston-Salem

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