Christian Heyne Published in the New York Times

Tackling Gun Violence 

To the Editor:

The Pentagon’s Indifference to Gun Safety” (editorial, Nov. 29) makes strong points about the importance of improving the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

But to create real change, we must enact permit-to-buy policies; prohibit those with a history of violent misdemeanors, hate crimes and all domestic violence from getting access to guns; ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines; and enact extreme risk protection orders, which allow family members and/or law enforcement to petition a court to temporarily remove guns from those in crisis.

The political climate has shifted. Talking about guns is no longer politically risky. Constituents are demanding change, and as legislation to fix the criminal background check system demonstrates, legislators on both sides of the aisle are stepping up.

Improving the system is only the first step. Legislators must take note of this cultural shift and embrace the numerous evidence-based policies that can keep our country safe.


The writer is legislative director at the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence.

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