Gun rights is a hot topic at moment.
Let’s start with two positions with which most of us agree.
- We want to protect the Second Amendment.
- We want to protect ourselves and our children.
So how do we reach those two goals?
I believe the core answer is to focus on responsible gun ownership and the prevention of gun violence.
Here are some suggestions.
We should treat gun violence as a public health issue:
- Each year, in Washington state, about as many people are killed by gun violence as die in car accidents.
- In Washington state, 75% of gun deaths were the result of suicide in 2015.
- I support Congress’s recent approval for the Center for Disease Control to conduct research on gun violence.
We can sharply reduce gun violence if we work together. For example, consider how public education could help deal with the points below.
- Over half of all gun owners have at least one firearm with no measures to prevent someone from stealing or misusing it.
- Almost half of all gun owners with children under 18 report having a gun in an unsecure state.
- Adolescents with easy access to firearms are 2.6 times more likely to die of suicide than adolescents without easy access to firearms.
- Ultimately we need to talk in a calm manner and find common ground to deal with a serious concern.