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Letter to the editor: Support sensible gun laws

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Support sensible gun laws

I am pro Second Amendment, I own guns, I hunt and I support common-sense gun laws. “Centrist,” “moderate” and “middle” are not terms that come to mind in the extreme tribalism that exists in the American gun debate.

The past 19 year timeframe from Columbine to Parkland has stoked these extreme viewpoints about gun rights in America. But a recent article on April 24, 2018 in the New York Times titled “Do Gun Owners Want Gun Control? Yes, Some Say,” hits a bullseye.  

Advocating various improvements to our gun laws are the numerous pro-gun law groups such as March for Our Lives, Never Again, Everytown for Gun Safety, etc. In ardent opposition to these splintered groups is the NRA.  As the NYT article points out, right after the Parkland shooting on Feb. 14, a Quinnipiac University poll found 50 percent of respondents in gun-owning households support stricter gun laws. That level was seven points higher than when the same question was asked in December 2017.  Ninety-seven percent of gun-owning households support background checks for all gun buyers, a position that the NRA opposes.  

As a gun owner, I advocate sensible gun ownership laws that are compatible with the Second Amendment. I encourage gun owners/hunters to get involved in this debate. Listen to opinions, voice your opinion, then vote your opinion.

Mike Heyka

Highlands Ranch

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