Friday, June 14, 2013

Gun deaths
It has now been six months since the tragic school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary left 26 people dead. That led to the national spotlight focusing on gun violence, but as Safety Advocate Joan Peterson explains, Congress has been unable to pass legislation…and the gun-related deaths in the country are continuing to mount. “Since 12-14 about 5-thousand people have been killed by bullets and that doesn’t include suicide, You know, that’s more people than died in the Iraq war. If we can’t do something about that, who are we as a country? Why would we not?” One of the main objectives in reducing gun violence, says Peterson, is having background checks completed with all gun purchases in the United States, so felons and those with dangerous mental illnesses can not take advantage of current loopholes. “We’ve kept quite a few people who shouldn’t have guns from getting them from federally-licensed dealers. Why the resistance to expanding it to private sales is beyond me. I don’t understand why every gun sale shouldn’t have a background check. It just makes sense.” Those opposed to expanded background checks are concerned it could lead to a national gun registry, even though the record is destroyed within 24-hours. (CC)

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  • Greene County Drug Busts



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