PINE BUSH – The recent national conversation over gun violence in the United States has brought out some of the best of our political discourse, and some of the worst. We’ve seen witnesses of the tragedy at Stoneman Douglas High School meet with a slew of influential lawmakers and inspire the passage of new school safety laws, and others inspire widely attended marches across the country.
There has been a lot of rhetoric that has unfairly maligned law-abiding gun owners as violent criminals who do not care about their neighbors, family or friends. It’s been disheartening to watch as politicians have pandered to the frenzy by using this rhetoric. As a law-abiding gun owner, I am no different than those who support gun control in wanting to reduce gun violence in America. I am glad to see Congressman John Faso take a measured and responsible approach. He has vocally advocated for increased school safety measures and has accurately identified mental illness and mistakes by law enforcement as consistent factors in recent high-profile gun violence acts.
Just recently, Congress passed the STOP School Violence Act, which authorizes money to programs that truly increase school security and work to prevent shootings before they happen. Common sense measures that successfully focus on preventing school shootings, not simply maligning law-abiding gun owners in the interest of politics, are what will improve our society and keeps our children safe.