Now’s the time for gun reform

By From page A6 | March 07, 2013

“Our actions will not prevent every senseless act of violence in this country. In fact, no laws, no initiatives, no administrative acts will perfectly solve all of the challenges. … But we were never sent here to be perfect. We were sent here to make what difference we can — to secure this nation, expand opportunity, uphold our ideals through the hard, often frustrating, but absolutely necessary work of self-government.”

— President Barack Obama, State of the Union address, January 2013

As private citizens who have served as elected representatives of the Davis community, we speak with one voice: “It’s time to take action to reduce gun violence.”

The lessons of Newtown, Aurora, Tucson, Stockton, Nevada City and Columbine are stark. American policy, or lack thereof, makes it far too easy for guns to be misused or fall into the wrong hands.

The violence continues. Nearly 100,000 people are shot in the United States each year. According to recent statistics on Slate.com, 27 people die from gunshot wounds daily. That’s the equivalent of a Newtown massacre each and every day.

Americans are ready for change. In January 2013, 88.8 percent of the overall population supported background checks for all firearm transfers. Even more telling, 84.3 percent of firearm owners and 73.7 percent of National Rifle Association members expressed the same support. (Source: http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/vprp)

Recognizing the tide is turning, leaders in the U.S. Congress and the California Legislature are working on legislation to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, to require reporting of sales of large quantities of ammunition, and to limit the scope of concealed weapons laws. Mental health services also must be improved. These efforts require our active and vocal support.

The votes will be tough, but the face and the future of our country will change only through concerted, concentrated effort.

Now is the time.

Sheila Allen, president, Davis Board of Education

Davis Campbell, former trustee, Yolo County Board of Education

Gina Daleiden, vice president/clerk, Davis Board of Education

Lucas Frerichs, member, Davis City Council

Richard Harris, former trustee, Davis Board of Education

Joe Krovoza, mayor of Davis

Brett Lee, member, Davis City Council

Susan Lovenburg, trustee, Davis Board of Education

Bill Owens, trustee, Yolo County Board of Education

Jim Provenza, supervisor, Yolo County

Don Saylor, supervisor, Yolo County

Stephen Souza, former member, Davis City Council

Tim Taylor, trustee, Davis Board of Education

Helen Thomson, former supervisor, Yolo County

Dan Wolk, mayor pro tem, Davis City Council

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