Is it time for gun control?

Johnson City Press • Aug 13, 2019 at 10:03 AM

Last weekend, mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, killed 31 people, the latest in a series of public violent attacks that so far have killed 270 and injured more than 1,000.

As is, regrettably, par for the course after one of these tragedies, groups rallied at victims' vigils to call for changes to our firearms laws to prevent future shootings. One was held in downtown Johnson City.

But this isn't our first rodeo, or our first mass shooting, and neither dozens of dead victims nor gun control rallies have been enough in the past to motivate our lawmakers to make substantive changes.

On Friday, President Donald Trump encouraged Congress to pass "very meaningful background checks" for firearm purchases and "red flag" laws that better allow authorities to take guns away from people who may be dangers to themselves and others.

After the president's words, Senate Speaker Mitch McConnell indicated he was open to discussing some of the proposals, after refusing to allow debate on gun control measures passed by the House.

We've asked for readers' thoughts on gun control before, most recently after the mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, but, since the nation has been traumatized once again by violence, we figured we'd ask again.

Is it time for a meaningful discussion on gun control? What laws would you like to see changed?

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