March 16, 2021, a shooter purchased his gun just hours before shooting 8 dead at three Georgia massage parlors. Georgia, like the majority of states, has no waiting period to obtain a gun. March 22, 2021, a Colorado shooter used a Ruger AR 556 pistol to kill 10 people in a grocery store. That pistol looks and operates like a rifle but does not have the same legal restrictions.

That is one example of gun law loopholes along with the lapse in background checks. Congress is presently debating gun control reforms again with one senator calling these deaths “ political theater “ and another declaring drunk drivers cause more deaths. Don’t be fooled. When people are gunned down grocery shopping we need more than the usual usual “thoughts and prayers” word salad from politicians. To be clear, no one is trying to “take our guns away from law-abiding citizens,” and no one is targeting gun owners. Daily shootings and gun violence should not be common on city streets.

Many of these shooters have mental health issues and should not be near any gun, but Texas lacks “red flag laws” allowing courts to prevent guns from people posing immediate danger to themselves and others. Past gun reform debates in Congress went south and died quickly even after the horror of Sandy Hook Elementary (2012) when a shooter killed 20 small children and 6 adults. If you believe Texans should feel safe pushing a grocery basket, contact Texas Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz and Ft Bend’s Representative Troy Nehls. Lawmakers should explain why they pass on gun issues that would save lives: expanding background checks, red flag laws, keeping military assault weaponry off our city streets, and eliminating ghost guns (home assembled with no serial number or paper trail).

Maxine Winter


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