We need gun buybacks

To the Editor: As a veteran and former alderman in Manchester, I have seen firsthand the damage gun violence can bring and have worked hard to keep New Hampshire safe.

Assault weapons — like those I fired in the military — are designed for the battlefield, not for civilian use in our communities.

Gun violence is an epidemic in this country, and we need leaders who will take bold action to keep our people safe. That’s why I’m happy to see presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke advocating for getting assault weapons off our streets.

Assault rifles do not belong in Manchester nor in cities and towns across New Hampshire.

If we believe, as I and the vast majority of Americans do, that we should stop selling these weapons of war, then we must be honest with ourselves and recognize that we must buy back all of these weapons that currently are in civilian hands.

We cannot wait for a mass shooting to happen in Manchester.

We have worked too hard for too long to keep our residents safe, and our elected leaders must not be afraid to do what’s necessary.

We need to be courageous and stand up for our community’s safety in the face of this violence — Manchester deserves nothing less.

Beto O’Rourke has ignited an important conversation across the country. We need mandatory buybacks to address gun violence, and I hope more Granite Staters tune in and vote with gun safety in mind in 2020.

WILLIAM CASHIN

Winter Street, Manchester

WILLIAM CASHIN

Winter Street, Manchester