To the Editor:
Another mass shooting. Since 2014, there have been more than 200 school shootings.
The carnage: 138 killed, 300 wounded, thousands traumatized.
And that’s only schools ... the even more common shootings at entertainment venues and the workplace add to the dead and wounded.
The weapon of choice is the assault rifle, an easy-to-use, impersonal killing machine that (unlike a knife) requires neither direct contact with the victim nor the hard work of stabbing.
Years ago, the NRA’s mantra was that one needed a gun to protect oneself from bad guys.
With the election of Barack Obama as president, the mantra became, “We need guns to protect ourselves from the government.” (Is that because Obama was black?)
Now, with a white guy as president, the mantra is “Mentally unstable people shouldn’t have guns.”
OK, NRA and your supporting cast of lackey genius elected officials, what do you suggest we do?
Mentally test every gun owner every year?
If, years ago, a person who was relatively mentally stable bought enough guns to equip the Taliban, but, today, is a borderline or certified fruitcake, how about sending the same elected officials who refuse to ban assault weapons to confiscate this loopy Rambo’s guns?
Good thoughts, prayer, moments of silence, the lowering of flags to half-staff and the honoring of first responders won’t bring back those lives that were cut short because our cowardly elected representatives wouldn’t stand up to the NRA.
Call your elected officials and tell them that they will not receive your vote if they fail to support and vote for common sense gun laws ... a federal database on gun-related deaths, strengthened background checks and a complete ban on assault weapons.