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2017 Letters to the editor stock

As a nurse, I have witnessed the effects of gun violence involving children firsthand. Although we have lockdown drills and lock doors during school hours, our children are still not safe enough. Children should be able to attend school without fear.

As advocates for children, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends stronger background checks, banning assault weapons and addressing firearms trafficking.

Chicago does not have gun stores or background check loopholes. Unfortunately, Indiana has some of the weakest gun laws in the nation, including no permit or license required to purchase a gun. According to law enforcement, 60 percent of guns confiscated on the streets of Chicago come from the surrounding states.

As citizens, we need to contact our members of Congress and encourage them to pass legislation for universal background checks and replace the federal assault weapons ban that expired in 2004. What we can do to stop violence is up to us.

Amy Manion, Munster


Local News Editor

Marc Chase is a veteran investigative reporter, columnist and editor of more than two decades. He currently leads The Times news staff as local news editor. He can be reached at 219-933-3327.