Wednesday letters: Gun background checks save lives

February 26, 2014 

It seems there is a school shooting on the national news almost daily. I think it is just a question of when, not if, there will be a mass shooting in a school, mall or other public place in South Carolina. Should we follow the lead of other states affected by these multi-victim tragedies, such as Connecticut and Colorado? That is, enact stronger gun laws in reaction to the tragedy. Is it not possible to enact common-sense gun laws before a tragic mass shooting occurs?

A whopping majority of Americans support universal background checks, which is the gist of the U.S. Senate bill, Manchin-Toomey, narrowly defeated about nine months ago. Congress needs to pass legislation requiring background checks on all gun purchases. Background checks save lives.

Yvonne Crisp

Irmo

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