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We can prevent tragedies like Uvalde with a common sense approach

This week, 21 more Americans were killed in a senseless school shooting in Uvalde, Texas.

This violent and senseless slaughter of school children is yet another heart-wrenching example of how our leaders continue to fail us. Because in the wake of yet another gun-related tragedy, politicians are choosing to bury their heads in the sand. We knew we needed common sense gun reforms long before this week's shooting in Uvalde took place, but politicians would rather sacrifice an entire generation of kids than stand up to the gun lobby. I'm sick of these pathetic extremists dominating the conversation about gun violence prevention.

When I enlisted in the Army, I learned real quick that the United States military provides the best gun discipline training out there. And our soldiers know more about gun discipline than most Americans will ever even consider.

I learned this lesson the hard way, when my commanding officer relieved one of my fellow soldiers – who was a danger to himself and others – of his weapon. The commander locked the gun in the armory because it wasn't safe for a soldier in distress to have his own gun.

In the civilian world, some states and communities have created "red flag" laws — allowing police, usually with a court order or at the request of family, to temporarily relieve a person in psychiatric distress of their guns when they are a danger to themselves or others.

It's the same thing we do in the Army. We should follow their lead.

Another very basic measure we can all get behind is safe storage. Put simply, safe storage should happen in any home where a minor, a person with mental illness, or a person with a violent history, lives. Storing ammunition in a separate safe from your gun safe is such an easy, common sense way to prevent some of the worst instances of gun violence.

I want to be clear: I support the Second Amendment, just like I support the First Amendment and every other part of the constitution. But, I also stand with the majority of Americans who support basic, constitutional, reforms to our nation's gun laws, whether that's a violent history background check or limits on magazine size. We know that while these measures won't stop every mass shooter, common sense gun laws save lives.

For me, that's enough to act.


Posted on May 27, 2022.