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This week I emailed my U.S. senators and House representative and urged them to ignore the NRA and take meaningful action to curb gun violence: registering gun sales as we do for automobiles, banning high-capacity magazines for semi-automatic rifles, and tracking ammunition sales so law enforcement can identify and investigate people who stockpile more-than-recreational-use caches. It’s absurd that you can’t transfer more than $10,000 from one account to another without triggering an alert to the IRS … but you can buy thousands of rounds of high-velocity semi-automatic rifle ammunition and no law enforcement agency will know until you open fire in a school, office, church, women’s clinic, or county employee holiday party.

As I wrote in each of my letters, “the Second Amendment is not a suicide pact.”