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Tuesday's Letters to the Editor

Seize the moment

EDITOR: The National Rifle Association's solution to the U.S. gun problem is: turn us into an armed camp, starting with our schools. Others wring their hands, suggesting we've lost the moment ("Too little, too late," April 1). Still others are taking action.

MomsDemandAction.org has sprung up since Newtown. It offers facts and creative ways to communicate with leaders. Other busy groups include the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence and MoveOn.org.

The need is clear. Mother Jones magazine reports that there have been 62 mass shootings since 1982. Twenty-five of these have occurred since 2006, seven of them in 2012 alone.

The proposed assault weapons ban isn't perfect, but it would have outlawed 48 of the 143 guns used in those 62 shootings.

We need to ban high-capacity magazines. If a shooter has to stop to reload, some people can run to safety or the perpetrator can be overpowered as happened in Tucson, Ariz.

We need universal background checks. In states with background checks, 38 percent fewer women are killed by their partners, according to MayorsAgainstIllegalGuns.org. Responsible citizens will put up with minor inconveniences for the good of all, as at airports.

Seize this moment. The Senate may vote this week.

PHYLLIS MESHULAM

Sebastopol


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