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Editor, Casa Grande Dispatch:

Should we abandon all laws that fail to prevent every crime? Should we curtail cancer therapy and research because people are still dying of cancer? The answers are simple: Of course not — that’s ridiculous! Then why is America not taking any real action regarding gun safety laws? Using the Second Amendment as an argument is based on an interpretation that has been perverted by the gun lobby and makes no sense. Do we just ignore, “…a well-regulated militia…”?

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime lists the USA as having the world’s highest rate for both gun ownership and gun murders. Studies by the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence show the same trends: U.S. states with the weakest gun safety laws have the highest gun death rates. Arizona gets a solid F rating due to weak laws and a gun death rate well above the national average.

It’s time to take an objective look at the link between gun proliferation and an increasing epidemic of gun violence and death in our country. While “red flag” laws, mandatory background checks for every gun sale and closing every gun sale loophole are giant steps in the right direction, we must acknowledge that weapons of war have no place on the streets of America.

If we continue to allow 26 people to be publicly shot in a span of 32 seconds by a weapon meant for the battlefield, then we are never going to truly address our mass murder problem. Pay close attention to what each candidate for state and federal office says regarding this life and death issue! We all know that the AZ GOP has failed to enact any meaningful gun safety legislation; in fact, they won’t even allow any such bills to reach the floor for a vote.

It’s time we elect those who will "do something" now! Elections matter — let’s make 2020 matter the most!

Ralph Atchue

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