Let’s put common-sense gun laws in place

By: Gary Miller
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Having served on local school boards for almost 30 years, one of my major concerns has been the safety of children and staff of the school districts.

The Roseville City School District has implemented several measures to keep our children and staff safe.  Some have been controversial but were needed to make these strong measures for safety sake.  The school district will be considering new measures to continue keeping the children safe.

The idea of arming teachers or even an armed guard at every school is not a realistic option.  We don’t need more guns; we need less.

Mass shootings have occurred at a rock concert in Las Vegas, a movie theater in Colorado, in a gay bar in Atlanta, even a church in Charlottesville in addition to many schools throughout the nation. 

This means we are all vulnerable, no matter where we are. It is not just schools.

The United States is the only country in the world that has a problem with guns getting into the hands of those who shouldn’t have them.

Weapons used in war zones on foreign soil should not be allowed on American soil.  A person, who is not able to fly for security reasons, should not be able to purchase a gun.  A person with a past record of serious mental illness should not be able to buy a gun.  If you are not old enough to vote or drive a car, you are not old enough to use a gun. 

These are reasonable steps Congress should take before the next mass shooting, which could include either you or me.  Most Republican members of Congress are beholden to the National Rifle Association (NRA), who wants no restrictions of any kind even as a majority of NRA members feel some kind of common-sense gun laws are necessary.

The real heroes today are the students from Florida and other parts of the nation who are advocating for common-sense gun laws. 

After having witnessed their friends and family members die, they are telling us “enough is enough.”

Gary Miller, Roseville