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Baby Steps, But a Step Nonetheless

As stated in this Washington Post article, because the stakes are so high and the subject of gun control is so divisive, it's important to celebrate whatever baby steps anyone can take toward reasonable regulation. After Rep. Jared Golden's position has evolved, now Sen. Angus King's equally-longheld opposition to gun regulation has also changed. We are grateful to them both and encourage them to continue the serious work of creating appropriate legislation to end the overwhelming loss of life due to gun violence.

You should be able to read the complete article as it's "gifted" to share. But the shorthand version is that "...last week, Sens. Angus King (I-Maine) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), who have both opposed an assault weapons ban, introduced a bill that would have much of the same impact but without banning a particular style of weapon. Co-sponsored by Sens. Mark Kelly (D-Ariz.) and Michael F. Bennet (D-Colo.) it focuses on the mechanics of the weapon and features that can make ordinary weapons far more lethal. It also includes a voluntary gun buyback provision. Owners of existing guns that would violate the law’s provisions could pass them on to a family member, he said. Otherwise, “if you decide to sell it, you have to sell it to the government.”

This is a small step toward getting lethal weaponry off the streets, but it’s a start.

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