Letter: Let the public vote on gun control



With all the different opinions about gun regulation in the United States, I wonder where the public truly stands on the issue. Obviously, the media and politicians have been heard clearly, but the public’s opinion is valuable as well. A poll appeared in USA Today recently stating that those in favor of stricter gun control laws has fallen to 49 percent. Granted, polls are not completely accurate, however, the idea of public opinion becoming more prominent is appropriate.

Somewhat recently, state Rep. Jamie Pedersen, D-Seattle, proposed a referendum clause that would allow the public to vote on a measure to expand background checks on gun sales in Washington state. This measure failed to pass, however, the allowance of public voting on bills regarding gun control is a viable option for future measures in this state. Yes, it would cost extra money, but the people affected the most by guns are victims and their families.

These are normal people similar to those at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn.

Why not allow those being affected to have a direct say on his matter?

Josh Youngs