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Wanting safer communities is pushing an agenda?

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I thought after the school shootings at Columbine, our lawmakers would finally show some common sense and enact stronger gun control laws. I thought the same thing after the shootings at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas school shootings in Florida. After the recent shootings in El Paso and Dayton, I was again optimistic the tragedies would spur our lawmakers to action, to work to keep weapons out of the hands of those who are dangerous, mentally ill, or both. There was some reason for optimism, as President Trump spoke of the need for more background checks and other powerful lawmakers seemed willing to support red flag laws. He said we could in his words, “bring up background checks like never before.” The optimism didn’t last long. Trump has backed off, now saying “We already have a lot of background checks.” It seems as the public’s memory fades, so do talks of doing anything meaningful. It is like they are playing a game. One Wisconsin Congressman, Brian Steil, seems to think it is. He claims those who support gun control are using these continued tragedies to further their agenda. In his words, “They’re not going to let a crisis go without trying to push their agenda forward.” So those who cite ongoing violence are only interested in advancing their own political agenda? Isn’t it possible we just want safe communities for our families to live in? That we don’t want innocent people, just going about their daily business getting gunned down in public places? I’m no longer optimistic that we will see any movement on gun control, because to those in charge this seems like little more than a game.

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