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Student demands for gun control are reasonable, critically important

In her letter to the editor, Rita Kasky writes: "The student movement is crossing the country, educating our citizens (as more and more school shooting amass) and pleading for cooperation from all of us."

To the editor:

It troubles me that there are people who misinterpret the goals of the students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, who have organized in an effort to change the laws that rule the ownership of guns in the United States.

What they want is absolutely reasonable, critically important and does not take away Second Amendment rights from gun owners. Here’s what they want our congressional leaders to do:

  • Ban semi-automatic weapons that fire high velocity rounds;
  • Ban accessories that simulate automatic weapons;
  • Establish a database of gun sales and universal background checks;
  • Change privacy laws to allow mental health professionals to communicate with law enforcement;
  • Close gun shows and second hand sales loopholes;
  • Allow the Center for Disease Control to make recommendations for gun reform (i.e. conduct research on the dangers of gun violence);
  • Raise the firearms purchase age to 21;
  • Dedicate more funds to mental health research;
  • Increase funding for school security.

More and more the cry has become “enough is enough.” The student movement is crossing the country, educating our citizens (as more and more school shooting amass) and pleading for cooperation from all of us. It took the violence, which caught two of my grandnephews in its grip, for me to get on my high horse and spread the word that not only is “enough is enough” but “enough is enough is ENOUGH.”

Rita Kasky

Sandisfield

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