Dear Editor:

We all know by now that another Uvalde, another Buffalo, another Sandy Hook, is not going to end gun massacres. We know that because all of the Republicans in the Senate are in the pay, literally or figuratively, of the National Rifle Association.

Many receive campaign contributions from the NRA, or, even if they don’t, they are afraid to take any position whatsoever on gun control, even something as simple as universal background checks, a measure supported by over 80% of the American people, gun owners and non-gun owners alike. Once again, the minority is governing the majority.

But maybe you don’t know that some of our local politicians, like our hometown girl representative in the Illinois House, Tony McCombie, is just as bad.

During the discussion of Illinois House Bill 1091, which ultimately became law as Public Act 102-0757, and which imposes a fingerprint requirement to obtain an FOID card, she said, “This is not about public health, it’s just another gun grab.” (Source: State Journal Register)

Another gun grab? Even if this small requirement was to save exactly one life, it is about public health and the health of our society. All other developed countries have mental health, domestic violence, crime and poverty issues. But not a one of them comes close to the United States in gun violence.

For example, during the years 2008-19, there were 101 mass shootings in the U.S., but only one in Australia (Source: Small Arms Survey, 2017). And the reason is equally clear — the U.S. is simply awash in guns. In the U.S., there are more guns than people; in Australia there are approximately 15 guns per hundred people (Source: Small Arms Survey, 2018).

If this is not a public health issue, I don’t know what is. Are you ready to not be able to pick up your child one day from the West Carroll Middle School? Are you ready to hide in the frozen food aisle when the gunman opens fire in Sullivan’s?

So pay attention to that ballot this November, and do not vote for Ms. McCombie or any other politician who does not support gun safety as a public health concern.

Carol Gloor