Tougher gun laws needed in US

Republicans in Congress and in statehouses are bought and paid for by the NRA, and its murderous agenda is paid for by the gun manufacturing lobby.

Many NRA supporters are threatening to boycott the companies that are taking this bold stand.

In a statement issued last Wednesday, Dick's announced that it would immediately stop the sale of assault rifles in its stores for anyone under 21, and its CEO demanded the NRA to side with those requesting stronger laws in the bearing of firearms.

The reader is right: We can't help ourselves. What freedoms are lost if bump stocks/AR-15s are banned outside of military/policing use? Now, the current Australian Ambassador to the USA, he recently tweeted it can't happen here because "guns are more pervasive and cultural" in the United States. They were on the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg when 32 people were killed. They are exhausted of sitting and watching from the sidelines as teachers and friends are being killed.

Their conversation commenced with children telling adults that it's unsafe to play with guns, and that when an entire society becomes mesmerized by them, the safety is off.

There are thought to be about 300 million guns in the USA, held by about a third of the population.

The Second Amendment does say the right to bear arms, but that does not mean that we need to have assault weapons. In the 20 years since passage there have been no mass shootings in Australia.

If we go by this definition, as of February 14 there have been 30 mass shootings in 2018. They are saying "enough"; there have been too many schools, too many students killed and too much inaction to tolerate any more. Are we Americans more ill, or morally depraved than citizens of other countries? That force is the teenagers of America, who go to school each day hoping that their school won't be in the headlines because of another random act of gun violence. Weapons designed for combat should be restricted to the military in combat zones, not made available to students in Virginia and Florida.

Parkdale was a tragedy that could have been averted with the common sense that all parents should employ.

Defending guns over human life is unconscionable.

The president has a responsibility to all of us. Maybe if we portray the NRA as the villain. Blame-shifting serves only to marginalize attempts to solve a national problem.

For two weeks, teenage activists kept our attention on the shooting and gun control at astoundingly high levels. For them, it's all about power, money and control, maintained by fear.

Even partial solutions save whole lives. Rather than fix anything, his administration has only worked to weaken our gun laws by making it easier for "fugitives from justice" and people with mental illness to obtain guns. That bill came in the wake of a series of shootings, one of children and teachers in Stockton, California, all involving semi-automatic weapons.

When we look at Google search volume after Sandy Hook, we can see that there was a sharp drop-off in interest around gun control after about a week.

No child should have to worry about going to school and being shot. Intransigence can no longer be accepted as an option. A bad idea. Maybe we should have told all those courageous young men and women that gave their lives for our country (in any of our wars) at the age of 18, 19, or 20 that they were too young to handle a gun.

  • Leroy Wright