We deserve answers | IN OUR OPINION

President Obama said it best in his State of the Union address:

“Gabby Giffords deserves a vote. The families of Newtown deserve a vote. The families of Aurora deserve a vote.”

“The families of Oak Creek, and Tucson, and Blacksburg, and the countless other communities ripped open by gun violence — they deserve a simple vote.”

Elected officials on Bainbridge Island, and a grassroots group of people across the island and beyond, are asking and petitioning our state and Congressional leaders to make commonsense reforms on gun regulations.

They’ve asked for a ramped-up system of background checks for gun buyers, a federal ban on assault weapons, and a ban on high-capacity ammunition clips.

Islanders and others, however, have been unsatisfied with Congressman Derek Kilmer’s response to the proposed changes.

Kilmer, our U.S. Representative from the 6th District, has said he supports Second Amendment rights for people to own firearms, and vigorous background checks.

Kilmer has not, however, stated his position on an assault weapon ban or a prohibition on high-capacity clips.

We take Kilmer at his word that he wants to hear from citizens and others on gun control proposals.

But we also think Kilmer owes his constituents a clear answer of where he stands now on the specifics. Does he support an assault weapons ban? A ban on high-capacity clips like the ones used in the Newtown tragedy and other mass shootings?

The president has said each proposal warrants a vote.

We agree, but also hope our congressman makes his views known whether or not such votes ever occur.

The people of the 6th District — no matter where they stand on the proposals — deserve it.

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