I would like to see a gun control advocacy group formed called Mothers Against Gun Aggression, MAGA. It would lobby for common sense reforms that are supported by the overwhelming majority of the American people.

These would include a ban on assault rifles, elimination of high capacity ammunition magazines, and universal back round checks. It is incomprehensible that only dealers that go through a licensing procedure must do back round checks, whereas unlicensed dealers at gun shows can sell to anyone who walks up. Also, the threshold for banning sales to mentally ill people should be lowered.

Walmart Gun Policy

FILE - In this June 5, 2017, file photo, customers shop for food at Walmart in Salem, N.H. Walmart says it will no longer sell firearms and ammunition to people younger than 21. The retailer's new policy comes after Dick's Sporting Goods announced earlier Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, that it would restrict the sale of firearms to those under 21 years old. It didn't mention ammunition. Walmart says the decision came after a review of its firearm sales policy in light of the mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File) 

The charter members of this group should be the wives of those spineless elected officials who refuse to stand up to the NRA to enact these safety measures.

Their belief that any restrictions are a slippery slope that would lead to the confiscation of all guns and is an affront to the Second Amendment is ludicrous. There are thousands of laws that limit certain activities without banning them outright. There are DUI laws that limit driving and open container laws against outside alcohol consumption that don't ban drinking alcohol. Speed limits don't ban driving. Fire marshal limits on the number of people allowed in a meeting area don't infringe on the First Amendment right to peacefully assemble.

It is time for the silent majority to demand an end to the stranglehold that the NRA has on our state and national governments.

Letters: Giving guns to teachers a bad idea

Louis Shepard

property manager

New Orleans