In the aftermath of the Newtown, Conn., tragedy, the nation's conversation turned to meaningful, common-sense gun laws. It's a conversation whose time has come. The status quo is no longer acceptable. The time is right for common-sense measures such as reinstating the assault weapons ban, closing gun show loopholes and banning the sale or transfer of high-capacity magazines. Just as our freedom of speech is subject to reasonable regulations, so too is the Second Amendment as affirmed by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2008.
As President Obama said, “If there's even one step we can take to save one child or one parent ... then surely we have an obligation to try.” If we fulfill that obligation, then 20 precious children, six brave educators and other innocent victims of senseless gun violence will not have died in vain.
Anthony D. DeGiusti, Oklahoma City