To the Editor:
Watching TV coverage of the thousands of teens across the country feeling they had to take matters into their own hands to try to protect themselves, because adults have failed them, brought tears to my eyes.
How sad on so many fronts:
1. Young people forced to grow up before their time.
2. Many parents heartbroken that, despite the majority favoring greater gun control, find themselves powerless because government is unresponsive.
3. Many people so blinded by political party loyalty they keep voting for legislators who enable the NRA to have a greater voice in government workings than what the citizenry wants by voting for candidates that take NRA money and do its bidding, like Hultgren and Roskam.
The only country where people own as many guns as ours is Yemen, a Third World nation.
The Second Amendment was written at a time when our country had no standing army so citizens were our only defense. No other First World nation has the number of deaths by guns as we do because they regulate gun ownership as much as they regulate car registration following ownership, licensing and insurance, and no assault weapons allowed.
The purpose of cars is to transport people. If the main purpose of guns is to protect or harm, why are they less regulated than cars?