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ALBA FARFAGLIA, San Clemente

We adults are the protectors of our children. We keep them safe from harm. The tragedy of the mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, is that we have made the issue of guns a political issue. 

According to an organization called 97 Percent, 86% of gun owners are in favor of background checks, 76% of gun owners are in favor of safe storage, 67% are in favor of red flag laws, and so are law enforcement officers in favor of these things, because often they are “outgunned.” 

These are people who own guns, and they are open to common-sense solutions. So, why can’t our senators do something to address gun violence? The American people want it. Gun owners want it, yet in the Senate, there is a stalemate.

It is, after all, an issue of public safety, much like installing a red light at a corner which has had many traffic accidents.

Somehow, we have turned gun ownership into a political issue, just like we did during the pandemic.

Let us think of it not as “gun control” laws but, rather, as laws of “gun safety.” Let us protect our children. 

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