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The League of Women Voters of Lake Forest/Lake Bluff believes that the proliferation of semi-automatic assault weapons and large capacity ammo clips is a major health and safety threat. The League supports strong federal and state measures to limit the accessibility and regulate the ownership of these items by private citizens. In addition, the League believes that there should be enforcement of strict penalties for improper possession of and crimes committed with assault weapons and high-capacity ammo clips and the adequate allocation of resources to better regulate and monitor gun dealers.
When the League of Women Voters of Lake Forest/Lake Bluff recently reviewed mass murders, most of the weapons used were assault weapons or semi-automatic handguns. The increased lethality is because large capacity ammunition magazines enable a shooter to rapidly fire off many rounds without having to reload the firearm. Large capacity ammunition magazines have made possible some of the worst mass murders ever committed.
Given the heartbreaking killing of young, innocent children in what should have been a safe learning environment, it is clearly time that our state and federal legislators prohibit the buying of guns with high-capacity magazines and close the loophole that allows people to buy guns at gun shows in most states without a criminal background check. Most Americans, and most gun owners, seem to indicate that they would support such sensible gun policies.
This is not about being “anti-gun” or “gun control”, this is about sensible gun policies for our health and safety. Please join the League of Women Voters in requesting that our legislators pass such sensible laws, thus becoming good role models to our children.
The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. For more information, please visit our website www.lwv-lflb.org We welcome men and women to become members. With more than 90 years of experience and 800 local and state affiliates, the League is one of America’s most trusted grassroots organizations.