Significant gun reform will take braveness from lawmakers

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Sally Cluchey represents Home District 52, which incorporates Bowdoinham, Richmond and a part of Bowdoin, within the Maine Legislature.

My two youngsters reacted very otherwise to the horrific mass taking pictures in Lewiston final month. My 8-year outdated son was frightened; every morning he wakened eager about it. His first query of the day was to ask if the shooter had been caught but. My center college daughter was much less fazed; years of lively shooter drills in class have normalized the unthinkable. When, in the course of the manhunt, we instructed all of us go over to a buddy’s home, she quipped, “Are we gonna get murdered on the way in which?”

Till now, Maine has stored an implicit religion that such a tragedy couldn’t occur right here. Regardless of lax gun security legal guidelines, our low crime charge and long-standing searching custom led us to think about mass shootings as one thing different locations needed to cope with – not us. On high of all of the heartbreaking lack of life our communities skilled on Oct. 25, that phantasm of immunity and safety was additionally shattered.