Marzullo speaks out on need for gun violence prevention

To the Editor

There may never be a perfect law or piece of legislation that will stop an emotionally disturbed person from doing evil things, but when gun violence kills an average of 30,000 Americans each year, even a few lives saved as a result of gun violence prevention is progress.

At last Thursday’s Board of Selectman meeting, I voted in favor of joining Mayors Against Illegal Guns because it’s important for Greenwich to clarify its stance and add its voice to the national movement.

Congress must introduce real, responsible legislation that’s clear and understandable to every American. If reasonable, sensible restrictions are implemented you reduce the probability of a disaster taking place.

The overwhelming majority of lawful gun owners in America realize that the current status quo isn’t working. We can no longer accept a reality where every few months tragedy strikes another community. Newtown should not just recede into the quagmire of Washington’s legislative dysfunction.

I don’t have a problem with purchasing legal guns. I don’t have a problem with companies making guns. I do, however, have a problem when someone can purchase armor-piercing ammunition, the sole purpose of which is to harm law enforcement professionals. I support the Second Amendment right to bear arms for sport, target practice, hunting and self-defense. But I don’t support the right to purchase a high-capacity assault weapon with the capability of firing hundreds of rounds with one pull of the trigger.

The bottom line is that there are too many guns landing in the hands of minors, criminals and individuals with psychiatric and substance abuse problems. Even suspected terrorists on the “no-fly” list can purchase a firearm.

Prosecution of those who lie on their applications should be increased. Gun dealers who allow straw purchases need to stopped. Background checks and criminal information need to be shared between states and moneys need to be properly allocated for mental health services.

I am not naive to reality but I believe our current system that allows illegal firearms to slip through the cracks can be vastly improved upon and, hopefully, save lives in the process.

 

Drew Marzullo
Greenwich

The author is a member of the Greenwich Board of Selectmen.

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