Editor, Index-Tribune:


I am writing this letter on behalf of my grandson, Hunter Pedersen. Hunter was a beautiful, 10-year-old little boy whose life was cut short from a lack of gun safety.

I know there are many more families dealing with the pain of losing their children to senseless tragedies involving guns. Yes, the NRA and their lobbying arm, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA), will tell us that guns don’t kill people, people do. That is true, but this is also true: untrained or mentally unstable people with guns kill people. When is enough, enough?

It’s time for all mothers, fathers and grandparents to get involved. Sadly, I didn’t get involved before this happened to our family, but my greatest hope now is that it doesn’t happen to yours.

I’m not talking about doing away with the Second Amendment. The NRA and ILA need to compromise on some issues, which on their web site they talk about never doing.

Background checks should be required for every gun owner and, I believe, anyone who chooses to own guns should have to take a test and get a permit to own one. I had to study and take a test to get a license to drive, and that doesn’t infringe on my rights. Background checks and safety courses don’t take away our rights, but they may take away the pain many families will have to deal with.

It is time for all of us to do something before your family is the one dealing with unbelievable grief.

Linda Honickel

Mamora, New Jersey