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Tougher gun laws needed for domestic abusers [Letter]

We recently witnessed another senseless mass shooting that injured one child and took the lives of four children and two adults ("Texas shooting suspect collapses in courtroom," July 12).

The shooting in the suburbs of Houston, Texas, illustrates how our federal gun laws are insufficient when it comes to domestic abusers and how easily they can still get their hands on guns. Ron Lee Haskell, the accused shooter, is a domestic abuser who previously had been arrested for assaulting his wife.

Meanwhile, common-sense solutions to keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers and other dangerous people are sitting on desks in Congress, including legislation to close dangerous loopholes in domestic violence laws and to expand background checks to online and gun show sales.

It's time to ensure that our federal laws apply to all domestic abusers, making it more difficult for violent individuals to get guns and harm others. Expanding background checks on commercial gun sales and closing loopholes in existing domestic violence laws will protect women and children.

While we see gun violence all too often in this country, we cannot afford to become numb. We must take action and demand change, especially when it comes to dangerous people being able to obtain firearms.

We must call on Congress to pass this legislation because it will help save lives and protect women and children. The American people will remember who voted for and who voted against this bill.

Sharon Fraser

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