This past weekend another mass shooting occurred, this time in Odessa, Texas. Seven people were killed, and 22 were injured including a 17-month-old baby. The news broke at about the same moment Jeff Chidester was submitting his piece entitled “Gov. Sununu was right to veto 3 gun bills” for the Sunday Opinion section.
What we know about the shooter’s reportedly violent and threatening behavior indicates that red flag laws could have saved the lives of those 29 victims. However, instead of seeking legislation to protect us, we one again have to endure op-eds that claim reasonable gun legislation which has overwhelming majority support in this country would place a “burden” on gun owners - including, apparently, those previously “law-abiding” mass shooters who send out red flag warnings on social media and to family, friends and neighbors right before taking their rage out on innocent victims.
Governor Sununu vetoed three bipartisan commonsense gun bills that would address concerns of easy, ready access to guns in this state and keeping firearms off of school property. In light of these tragedies, Mr. Chidester claims that these laws would be an inconvenience to gun owners who feel the need to carry weapons to elementary school plays and Christmas concerts. Governor Sununu worries about the “Constitutional rights” of the gun owners who wish to carry a loaded weapon onto school property, but he has little concern for the families of children and their teachers who have to endure active shooter drills to accommodate that “right”. Where is his concern about how we determine whether a gun owner carrying a weapon into our schools is a good guy before he opens fire upon our kids?