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Thom's article -- "Two Simple Laws Could Solve America's Epidemic of Violence" -- is extremely persuasive. (I'm concerned that the title of the article might overstate the situation since neither I nor Tom can really KNOW if these 2 laws COULD or WOULD solve our violence issue.) But this is the nature of all attempts to reduce harmful human behavior -- you can either do nothing or do something, and if you want to do something it makes sense to look at prior history and see if humans have successfully reduced similar negative human behaviors in the past. Thom's 2 suggestions are so sensible, and grounded in prior successful legislative accomplishments, that no rational person could reject trying them. Thom's reasoning is compelling, there is no apparent downside to the laws he suggests, and those laws appear VERY likely to help reduce gun violence.
There are still important questions that need to be answered in order to enact these 2 laws -- such as the interplay between state and federal law; and the precise text of the 2 laws -- but can we start a movement in which voters agree to the following:
1. I will provide every legislator and candidate for political legislative office with the text of Thom's article and ask a simple question: Will you commit to drafting, sponsoring and voting for these 2 provisions to become law?
2. Any legislator or candidate whose response is not "YES" will not receive my vote.
I'm sure that legislators and candidates will avoid answering on the spot and will say they need time to review the article and look into it. And they should take that time. But this movement needs to keep a running list of all legislators and candidates who have been asked the question, and a record of their reponses -- NO, YES, I DON'T KNOW or no answer. This list should then be used as a litmus test for voters who are part of this movement. If a candidate has not committed to a YES answer, s/he will not get my vote.