To the Editor:
President Obama should move swiftly to avoid a repeat of the unspeakable tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Before the end of this year, he should appoint a national commission to review our country’s gun laws. The commission should be made up of experts from the fields of law enforcement, school safety, mental health, academia and sociology and include a representative from a respected hunting organization. In short, a group of people with no political agenda who can quickly review the available data and recommend a course of action for Congress to take by the spring of 2013.
The commission should study, among other things, the prospect of prohibiting interstate transportation of guns, requiring background criminal and psychiatric checks before gun purchases at gun shows, a ban once again on automatic weapons, and on high-capacity ammunition magazine—all of which could be approved by Congress and not violate the Supreme Court’s interpretation of the Second Amendment.
We formed a commission after 9/11, one of the last times our country’s conscience and faith were shaken. I urge the president not to let this incident pass without his strong action.
CHARLES J. HYNES
District Attorney, Kings County
Brooklyn, Dec. 17, 2012