Gun reform requires a 'united' front

Posted 3/1/18

To The Editor:This past weekend, I worked a volunteer table for Children's Miracle Network at the convention center in Chattanooga. My wife, who was at work in Dayton, texted me to make sure that I …

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Gun reform requires a 'united' front

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To The Editor:

This past weekend, I worked a volunteer table for Children's Miracle Network at the convention center in Chattanooga. My wife, who was at work in Dayton, texted me to make sure that I was OK, because just after the event I was working to close up shop for the night, there was a lockdown at the Hamilton Place mall.

I was in college when Columbine happened. A freshman at Tennessee Tech University, I happened to be wearing a black trench coat because it was pouring that day, and got dozens of stares — and had no idea why — as I went through my day. Then I turned on the news when I got to my dorm room, and was utterly horrified.

These two events are nearly 20 years apart and since then, virtually nothing has changed. Politicians — on both sides of the aisle — are seemingly more concerned about re-election in "hard fought districts" than they are with peoples' lives.

I have high praise for the governors like Kasich (R-OH), Wolf (D-PA), Walker (I-AK) and others that are coming together in the real spirit of bipartisanship and trying to fight for health care, and my most fervent wish is that we could do the same for gun reform, and all the issues relating to it.

People say that we should ban guns from all the sorts of places that shootings have happened, but that won't matter. There's still plenty of places that haven't had highly publicized stories — restaurants, skating rinks, bike trials and bowling alleys, the list goes on.

Bans aren't the answer. The answer is a system that not only creates legislation, but actually enforces the laws already in place. The answer is a system that is more concerned with the lives of its constituents than the sponsorship of the PACs. The answer is a system that remembers there is no ONE right answer.

We need to come together to tell our leaders we value the lives of our children more than their re-election campaigns. We need to remind them that this is democracy, and compromise is a necessity. We, red and blue, need to remember we are one people. We are United States, not Divided States.

— Brandon Greenwood

Cleveland


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