Los Angeles, June 5:
Reality TV star Kim Kardashian West hopes to “bring attention to the reality of gun violence and gun control”.
On National Gun Violence Awareness Day on June 2, the 36-year-old took to her personal app with a post calling for stricter gun control laws in the US, reports foxnews.com.
“In almost 20 years, our country has made very little progress in enacting laws that would help protect innocent Americans from people who should not have access to firearms,” she wrote.
“Right now, there are more guns owned by civilians in this country than in any other country in the world.
“In February, President (Donald) Trump actually signed a bill revoking a regulation recommended by President (Barack) Obama that would have added 75,000 names of people with registered mental illnesses to a national background check database,” she added. “This is crazy!”
As a survivor of an armed robbery, Kim made it clear that she’s not against “people buying guns”, reports foxnews.com.
“After what happened to me in Paris, I know how important it is to be safe and to have armed security.
“All of my security team is armed, but they also support stricter gun control laws and believe that we should restrict access to firearms for people with mental illness, anyone previously convicted of a misdemeanor, those who have been subject to a temporary restraining order and those at a higher risk of committing gun violence.”
The mother of two wants the US to keep an ongoing dialogue about gun violence laws and reach a solution.
“We all have a voice and a right to feel safe, to be protected from people who are a threat, particularly when handed a deadly weapon. I want to help build a safer future for my children and I believe together we can find ways to do that, while still protecting the rights of the American people.”