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Congressional candidates offer suggestions to curb gun violence

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Throughout the election season, candidates for the 12th Congress and the 83rd and 84th state House seats will be polled about issues pertinent to the voters. Their responses will appear on Sundays in the Sun-Gazette. This week we ask a question of 12th Congress candidates.)

The 12th Congressional seat pits incumbent Tom Marino against Democrat Marc Friedenberg.

That district encompasses all or parts of Lycoming, Bradford, Centre, Clinton, Juniata, Mifflin, Northumberland, Perry, Potter, Snyder, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Union, and Wyoming counties.

Q: What can be

done to curb the

gun violence in

the United States?

MARINO: “In schools, we have to make sure that they have experienced law enforcement people. My legislation calls for hiring retired military and law enforcement personnel in schools. They can make split-second decisions. These are people who are best qualified. We need to continue to address mental health issues. Teachers are burdened with other responsibilities. They spend a lot of time with these kids. Educators and psychologists need to be in schools to see if students are distressed and to make sure we do thorough background checks.”

FRIEDENBERG: “I think the overwhelming number of gun owners are law abiding. They handle their weapons responsibly. People are using guns to commit suicide and we have mass suicides. I think mental health treatment is a solution. Medicare for all is a help. We need to take better care of our veterans and their high suicide rates. We need common sense gun solutions for mass shootings. We need universal background checks and a ban on assault style rifles. We need to continue keeping guns out of the hands of domestic abusers.”

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