Our state has a gun violence problem, and multiple studies demonstrate that implementing more thorough and complete background checks reduces gun violence.

Since the Mother Emanuel AME Church murders last June, the S.C. Legislature has not enacted any legislation to limit access to firearms for those who cannot pass a background check, yet are able to purchase a firearm because the background check was not completed within the three-day waiting period.

Legislation to extend the waiting period is not even being allowed to come to a vote.

It takes political courage to stand with the majority of citizens who support more thorough background checks and to say no to powerful lobbyists.

It takes political courage to say that requiring more thorough background checks does not compromise our Second Amendment rights.

Our legislators are good people. It is time for good people to demonstrate political courage.

Peter Zalka

Despestre Street

Daniel Island