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U.S. must act now to curb gun deaths

I am not sure how many people are aware of this, but since December 2012 more than 3,500 Americans have lost all of their constitutionally guaranteed rights and liberties as citizens of this country. Some of those lost privileges include voting rights, educational opportunities, the ability to travel freely, to work, to express creativity, to experience being a parent, grandparent, husband or wife, and to enjoy the other liberties and pursuits of happiness in life so valued in the United States.

Now most of these people did nothing illegal; in fact almost 70 of them were children. But the one thing they all had in common was that they were at the wrong end of a gun. Thus, with the pull of a trigger, they ceased to exist.

For weeks now, we have heard from some gun owners and from the National Rifle Association that any new regulation is an infringement on their Second Amendment rights. But to equate background checks or magazine limitations with banning guns is absolutely ludicrous. No one is suggesting taking guns away, or the right to own one – or 100.

But the fact of the matter remains that several thousand Americans have lost their rights, including their right to life.

Mark Lee Schnitzer

West Seneca