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Southampton Press / Opinion / Letters / 1973194

Get Something Done

In 2019, President Donald Trump signed a nationwide federal law raising the age to 21 to buy cigarettes and other tobacco products.

In 1984, President Ronald Reagan signed a nationwide federal law raising the age to 21 to buy alcoholic beverages.

It’s a no-brainer: A nationwide federal law should be passed, without delay, raising the age to 21 to buy a gun and/or ammunition.

I have three children and three grandchildren. I know a little bit about kids; 18-year-old kids should not be allowed to buy a gun, much less an assault weapon and massive amounts of ammunition.

Raising the age to 21 won’t stop all kids from getting a gun, but it will make it harder and it will reduce the number of teenagers who get a gun. It will save lives.

This should be an easy layup. It’s low-hanging fruit.

As I now live in Vero Beach, Florida, I have made several pleas for much more gun safety measures with my senators (Marco Rubio and Rick Scott) and my congressman, Bill Posey. I hope to have an impact — we’ll see. In any event, they will hear from me frequently.

I also reached out to Senator Chris Murphy in Connecticut, as he has a leadership role in this sphere.

Convincing Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand to push for a federal law raising the age to 21 for gun purchases should be a cake walk. Perhaps you might want to contact them. Let’s get something done.

Dick Sheehan

Vero Beach, Florida

Sheehan is a former resident of Westhampton Beach — Ed.