October 4, 2017
To the editor:
On Monday morning, this paper reported that city leaders are grappling with why there have been so many gun-related homicides this year.
I would like to urge them, and everyone, to consider how the changes in Kansas gun law have made incidents like the tragedy on Sunday more frequent and more likely.
Since 2015, the Kansas Legislature has gotten rid of all permit and training requirements, forced public employers to allow their employees to carry on the job, and, as of July 1 of this year, allowed guns on college campuses like the University of Kansas. Private sales are also not regulated in the state. Since Kansas has some of the least restrictive gun laws in the country, it is remarkably easy for a person to buy a gun and carry it with no questions asked. Unless a person has already been convicted of a felony and is not under 21, they are a law-abiding citizen until the second they pulled the trigger in the state of Kansas. As long as our gun laws are as loose as they are, there is no way to prevent tragedies like the one that happened on Sunday. I urge our city and state leaders to strengthen our gun laws so that we can prevent needless injury and death.
Originally published at: http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2017/oct/04/letter-editor-strengthen-gun-laws/