This week will be book-ended by the Orlando shooting — the worst mass shooting in American history — and the anniversary of the Charleston shooting. Both serve as symbols of the carnage that comes when guns are so easily obtained by those who should not have them. Moments of silence, prayer and vigils are important, but we need more. We need action by those in power.
Congress has the power to enact stronger laws to keep guns out of the hands of those who should not have them. It’s time to demand that our elected officials:
Strengthen the background check system to cover more private sales and close loopholes that enable people to avoid background checks.
Keep guns out of the hands of those suspected of or being investigated for links to terrorist groups or for terrorist activity.
Keep guns out of the hands of those convicted of hate crimes.