Background checks for all gun sales is a common-sense policy. According to the Congressional Research Service, we have somewhere north of 300 million personal firearms in the U.S, and there is essentially no way to know where these weapons are going. One licensed firearms dealer told me he thought that the 300 million figure is much too low.
Vermont is not an island immune to the rest of the world’s ills, and we need to be taking proactive action to protect ourselves from gun violence. The best action is prevention.
Will expanded background checks be the cure for everything? No. But this simple action can be a part of the cure. A lesson I hope we have learned from recent history in education spending and health care financing is that we should not wait for a crisis to occur before we take common-sense action — a crisis can be devastating and expensive.