Denham needs to focus on gun risks

August 28, 2013 

Kudos to Rep. Jeff Denham, for repairing a woman’s troublesome railroad crossing in such a timely manner (“Thanks for Denham’s help,” Aug. 19, Letters). Certainly there must have been lives at risk for his office to give such prompt attention to this matter.

There are lives at risk throughout the country. Each day eight children are killed by guns. He could be a part of changing that statistic by simply adding his name to legislation which would expand background checks for gun purchases. HR1565 (now changed to HR1605, after the only two Republicans who initially signed on to the bill backed out under pressure from the NRA) is stalled in committee in the House. If Denham and other reasonable representatives would respond to the will of the American public (92percent want expanded background checks), instead of the NRA and gun manufacturers, they could push the committee chairman, Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va, to bring this bill forward.

I was sorry to have missed Denham when I stopped by his office as part of a group from Organizing for America. We left a copy of the bill. I hope he takes the time to read it soon. Each day, eight more children die.

MARY VANDEROSTYNE

Ripon

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