Letter: Support changes in national gun laws

Another day, another massive loss of life from firearms in the United States. Ninety Americans die from gunfire every day due to a multitude of factors.

If, as our president has stated about the Texas church shooting, it is “a mental health problem on the highest level,” why have he and Congress fought adequate funding of health care, especially mental health care, at every level?

If waiting periods and prohibition of ownership for those convicted of domestic violence have been shown effective in reducing gun homicide, why do we not enact such laws on a federal level?

If military style weapons, such as the AR-15 and AK-47, were never intended for non-military use, why do we allow unrestricted sale of them to the general public?

Three-fourths of Americans support changes in national gun laws. If you are in the majority, you need to contact Sen. Joni Ernst at (202) 224-3254 and Sen. Grassley at (202) 224-3744 and Rep. Rod Blum at (202) 225-2911.

An important question posed today was this. If you knew how to save the life of a 5-year-old tomorrow, what would it take to bring you to act? A 5-year-old was among the 26 dead in Texas. What would you do to prevent the gun death of a child you know and love?

Members of Congress will act if they hear from us that we care about every innocent victim of gun homicide.

Mary Kemen

Cedar Rapids

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