More than a dozen students spoke out during a stirring program Wednesday at Parkland High School to protest School gun violence. (Sarah Wojcik / The Morning Call)
Two major factors have contributed to gun violence in America. The first is the proliferation of guns, especially automatic weapons of war guns. The second is the ease with which mentally deranged or criminally intent individuals can access these guns. Our elected representatives at the national and state levels need to respond to the majority of Americans who strongly support two fundamental steps to reduce gun violence. First, prohibit the sale and possession of automatic weapons of war, as we wisely did with machine guns in the 1930s. Second, we need to strengthen nationally the background verification process needed to posses a gun, and close the gun show and Internet sale of guns loopholes.
The well-educated and articulate Parkland, Fla. high school students have provided a strong rationale for reducing gun violence in America, and they have demonstrated the leadership needed to make needed changes in our laws and policies (“Thousands of students walk out of schools nationwide to protest gun violence,” March 14). Our elected leaders need to listen and respond positively to these students.