Laura Seitz, Deseret News
Cindi Smith, a third-grade teacher in the Jordan School District, and Tery Binkerd (CQ), a Viewmont High School teacher, hold hand guns with assistance from Jim McCarthy, a Utah Concealed Carry Permit Instructor, during a free concealed carry class and mass violence response training session for school employees at the Maverik Center in West Valley on Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012.

Many voices are calling for action to face up to the massacres in eastern and western regions of the U.S., where assault weapons have recently been used.

This national problem probably requires a ban on assault weapons, along with improving the background check system. Each piece of the dilemma, such as mental health accessiblity, must be considered. To keep from a partisan impasse, we need to have a leadership summit and a compact to reduce gun violence, allowing all voices to be involved.

Please lend your collaborative voice and concern to gun violence prevention.

Polly Hough

Salt Lake City