For those who have been troubled by recent crime scenes given so much play in the media, you already know what a disturbing trend youth violence has taken towards guns. Gun violence has many contributing factors, not the least of which is the seemingly commonplace act of gun trafficking into cities and into the hands of young people. Any resolution to this tragedy, I believe, must include changes to our gun laws that make it more difficult for young people to get their hands on these weapons.
I am the Senate co-chair the Public Safety & Homeland Security Committee and am preparing to release a committee report analyzing this violence and recommending legislative changes. Though I know it is a bit unconventional, I have posted the final draft on my blog for public input prior to final publication. By “final draft” I mean it is my last, ‘best’ analysis, and I want to invite public input before finalizing it. Seems like a blog might be a sensible way to do this.
This is an issue on which many gun advocates have well articulated positions, as do those advocating common sense gun reforms. Some of these ideas I have considered and agree on, others I have and will always disagree with. Nonetheless, I am interested in folks with new angles on the issue–on causes but really more focused on solutions. So, check out the report and text of the legislation as re-drafted, and give me the feedback on my blog, if it is of interest to you!