Many gun owners in Utah share our concern about the level of gun violence in our country, and support efforts to strengthen or modify existing gun laws.
We are not an organization 'out to get' your guns. We have no interest in prohibiting responsible law-abiding citizens from owning guns or obtaining concealed carry permits.
Similarly, we are not proposing banning guns or even any particular class of guns. Polls show that there are many things that both sides agree on.
The Utah Highway Patrol reported 1,052 motor vehicle deaths in the state from 2007-2011. For the same time period, the Utah Department of Health shows 1,084 gun deaths. [Salt Lake Tribune, 12/30/12] Utah is one of about ten states where gun violence kills more people annually than car accidents.
The connection between high rates of gun-ownership, liberal gun rights or weak gun laws and more gun deaths may not be as simple as either side of the gun debate claims, and of course is affected by many variables including economic factors, population density, rates of drug use, etc.
However, we do not believe the connection between liberal gun laws and the relatively high numbers of gun deaths in Utah is a complete coincidence. There is a wealth of credible research that points to a very real connection.
When you think about the future of our state, what do you picture for the safety of yourself and your children? Do you imagine more and more guns, including at school? Or do you imagine a safer, more relaxed environment where growing levels of guns in public are not necessary?
Does your vision of the future include growing numbers of teachers with concealed weapons, and bullet proof backpacks for kids? Or does it involve a similar atmosphere our generation enjoyed as we grew up, without the threat of so much gun violence?
We want to help define a vision for Utah's children that looks at the big picture, that takes proactive steps to prevent and reduce gun violence in our communities. There are practical solutions to move us toward this goal.