To The Daily Sun,
Being a veteran, ex-police officer and proud gun owner with a concealed carry permit I am also an unabashed advocate for common sense firearm background checks.
Americans have suffered through far too many mass murders where a perpetrator was able to purchase firearms, taking advantage of background check loopholes. These days, people with a history of violence can easily acquire guns after waiting three days, going to gun shows, or purchasing them online and that is unacceptable.
We live in the only country in the entire world with such a catastrophically high rate of gun deaths. I refuse to believe that the country I fought for is inherently more violent and dangerous than any other.
No gun owner has anything to fear from background checks. If you are responsible with your firearms and are a law-abiding citizen, like me, no one will infringe on your Second Amendment rights.
But, no right, not even the right to free speech, can go completely unregulated. It is far past time that our legislators act to strengthen background checks and require them for all gun purchases.
We have a responsibility to do what we can to stop these shootings and if a background check stops even one would-be murderer, it will be worth it.