Now that we have passed Initiative 594 requiring background checks on all gun sales, we now need to take steps to ensure the safety of our children by creating laws that hold people responsible for gun deaths that occur in their homes. Gun owners should be prosecuted when a child visiting in their home is killed with a gun.
If you want to change social thinking about guns, go to the Internet and read the information from the Brady Center and Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Firearms were the second-leading cause of death for youth ages 1 to 19 in 2011.
Go to www.askingsaveskids.org. Simply ask the parent of your child’s friend: Is there an unlocked gun in your house? My child will not play at your house if guns are present and unsecured. I would also ask my child care provider the same questions.
Some people insist on strapping on a gun when they shop or go to a meeting. I will not patronize a business that allows open-carry. There is no way to tell the good guys from the bad guys.
Gun-rights supporters like state Rep. Liz Pike, R-Camas, should remember that as an elected representative she needs to speak for all the people, not just her agenda.
Lillian B. Christina