The past few months have demonstrated to many Americans that we must act now to protect our children and our communities from gun violence.  The Buffalo New York murders took the lives of ten African Americans, while in Uvalde Texas, nineteen school children and two teachers lost their lives.  And in Tulsa Oklahoma, two beloved doctors and two others lost their lives to gun violence.

I am a firm supporter of universal background checks that will not only apply to licensed gun dealers, but to the private sale of guns.  I am also a supporter of Red Flag laws, which enable family, friends and law enforcement officials to ask the courts to provide restrictions on the use of firearms when there are warning signs of violence.

I would like to see the age limit raised to 21 to purchase semi-automatic weapons, as statistics have shown that many of the mass shootings we have witnessed were committed by people under that age.

Finally, I am in favor of a 48-hour waiting period for individuals applying to purchase a gun because of a large number of suicides that have been attributed to guns.  The Department of Justice reports that over 60% of gun deaths are by suicide, and the waiting period could serve to significantly lower this rate.

I believe that all of us need to meet in the middle to enact legislation to protect our communities. Children should not be afraid to go to school in New Hampshire or in any other state.  We need to address these tough issues and pass legislation in the next legislative session.