My Turn: Gun-control priorities must be set straight

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Published: 6/7/2022 2:57:56 PM
Modified: 6/7/2022 2:55:44 PM

I am a gun owner. I work in a school. I am a parent. I can prioritize those three things. They do not go in the order I listed them. Since 1999, we have seen an ever-escalating series of attacks perpetrated by young men using military-style firearms for the purpose they were designed. To kill people efficiently.

In the two decades since the Columbine shooting the same arguments for and against laws proposed to stem these attacks have been repeated ad nauseam. And while it is likely true there’s no single law or regulation that would be a panacea for the epidemic of violence which plays out all too frequently in our schools and other gathering places, continuing to do nothing and expecting a different result, is indeed madness.

This past weekend a Texas Senator repeated the phrase, “The answer to a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.” He said this knowing full well that 19 very well-armed good guys waited for an extraordinary amount of time outside of a Uvalde classroom full of murdered and traumatized children. Something needs to be done that’s not derived from an action movie fantasy.

I would agree that there is no need to punish law-abiding gun owners. There is also no compelling argument against slightly inconveniencing law-abiding gun owners. Waiting 30 days to pick up your military-style firearm is not going to ruin your hunting trip. Waiting until you are legal drinking age to own a weapon designed to cause mass casualties is not illogical. And, any firearms retailer with a conscience should be eager to know the gun they are handing across the counter is going into the hands of a person who has passed a comprehensive background check.

There are likely far better ideas than these. Again, I am not a legislator. I’m just a parent, who goes to work every day in a school, and is one of the “law-abiding gun owners” that so many politicians claim that they are worried about infringing upon. My message to them is, it is time for you to get your priorities in order as well.

Tod Pleasant lives in Greenfield.


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