To the Editor:
Recently, I awoke to news of another mass shooting, this one in Dayton, Ohio. It had been less than 24 hours since the mass shooting at a mall in El Paso, Texas, that killed at least 20 people. Do we really want to live in a country with this much violence?
The U.S. has too many guns, and it’s too easy to buy a gun. We will always have angry people getting into fights, depressed people considering suicide, bigots and extremists. But if they found it hard to get a gun, many lives would be saved.
We should have universal background checks, a ban on semi-automatic weapons and a buy-back program to get guns off the street.
If enough of us demand these common-sense proposals, perhaps lawmakers will be strong enough to stand up to the NRA and pass the laws that need to be passed.
As the people of Dayton said to the governor of Ohio on Sunday: “Do something!”