Dear Congress.
Stephanie Wittels Wachs

“The Senate rejected first a Republican proposal to update the background check system for gun purchases, which would have required states to add more information on mental health records”
“And a Democratic option that sought to bar all gun sales to those individuals on the terror watch list failed 47–53” — CNN

Both sides seem, so far, to be proposing ineffective laws. It’s really that simple. Our No-Fly list is not a good representation of possible terrorists, this has been proven as senators and regular citizens have been put on the list sporadically without any due process.

“The current draft of Collins’ legislation … bars sales to any individual on the no-fly list and includes an appeals process for those who are denied the ability to buy a gun.”

At least that throws a bone to those who are wrongly listed or accused, still not great.

On the other side, Republican mental health record revisions might be a good start, but they aren’t nearly enough.

We need a plan that bars guns from possible terrorists and without starting a habit of using Government to limit citizens rights.

I know ‘rights’ aren’t a popular thing to talk about because everyone just wants to do whatever it takes to stop killings; but remember that the wrong policies will end up increasing deaths, and causing more holes and in the system that will be exploited by people with bad intentions.

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