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posted: 10/30/2013 5:00 AM

We must do something about gun violence

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It seems like it's become commonplace to hear on the news about men, women and children being killed by guns.

It doesn't matter if was a private home, shopping mall, assisted living unit, park, basketball court or a school. It doesn't matter if it's Chicago, Virginia, Colorado, Wisconsin or Newtown.

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It doesn't matter if a pistol, revolver, shotgun or AK-47 are used.

People are senselessly being killed.

Even the President asked in a recent news conference if this is now the new normal. It must not be accepted as the new normal!

We have to arrive at some common ground on gun violence prevention to save lives. The safety of our children and communities should be uppermost in our plans to bring about common-sense gun laws.

So much money is being spent by gun manufacturers to ensure background checks are not passed by Congress and too much money is being taken by congressmen who are afraid to confront the recklessness of NRA policies.

My belief is that universal background checks are at least a first step for all gun and ammunition purchases. This is not a perfect solution, but we need to start somewhere.

In an ideal world, we would also close the straw-man purchase option and gun show loopholes. Call your congressmen and tell them to bring universal background checks to the floor of our legislative branches.

Make sure to tell your congressman to vote yes when gun violence prevention measures are brought to the floor for a vote. Do something to help save lives.

Please.

Fran Puchli

Lindenhurst

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