The recurrence of school shootings and lack of government response is discouraging. But here are a few hopeful facts:
Fewer guns do result in less violence. Research consistently shows that the higher rate of shootings in the U.S. versus other nations is caused by our higher number of guns. For example, a New Yorker and a Londoner are equally likely to be robbed, but the New Yorker is 54 times more likely to be killed in the process due to guns.
Americans are not inherently more violent, but easy gun access makes us much more effective at inflicting it on others. Switzerland also has high gun ownership, but its gun homicide rate is a small fraction of ours because of effective laws.
Potentially dangerous things, such as cars, alcohol, medicine, even pets, are regulated in the U.S. The Second Amendment does not exempt guns from this.
Three simple, limited changes are both popular and effective:
1. Banning assault and semi-automatic weapons, and high capacity magazines. These are weapons of war. (supported by 2/3 of Americans)
2. Banning sales to violent criminals, convicted stalkers and people deemed dangerous by mental health professionals (supported by over 85 percent of Americans)
3. Implementing mandatory background checks for all gun sales (supported by 89 percent of the public)
Join me in deciding that today is the day you decide to do more. Make your politicians accountable — call, write and show up to let them know sensible gun control is your priority voting issue.