“Ninety percent of Americans support universal background checks for gun purchases” (rated as True by Politifact based on published polling data).

Our new Congressional representative Bryan Steil is not one of them. He voted “no” on both resolutions passed by the House this week to help strengthen background checks and close loopholes in the current laws.

We’ll see what Sen. Ron Johnson and Sen. Tammy Baldwin do when they get a turn to vote. The proposed laws won’t end gun violence, nor would they stop any law abiding citizen from buying a gun.

Of course we need more resources for police to help them enforce the laws we already have, and we need better interventions in place for those who are identified as potential threats. We need all reasonable pieces in place to minimize gun violence.

We are averaging about one mass killing per week in the US so far this year (8 times already that 4 or more people were killed in a mass shooting event) and over 2.000 people have already died from gun violence.

Everyone knows gun violence is a serious and complicated problem. Universal background checking seems like a reasonable piece to add to the tools we have to fight the problem. Maybe our representativess haven’t heard enough from the 90 percent who feel this way. Contact them.

Peter Dawson

Kenosha

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