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Letter: Officials aren’t willing to pursue gun control

Officials aren’t willing to pursue gun control

Thanks to Douglas Turner for reminding us of Las Vegas and other recent gun massacres in his Oct. 30 column, “Congress refuses to halt the slaughter.” Just a short time ago, we were horrified (again) and many lawmakers sounded ready to act. Even some Republicans agreed that bump stocks, which could turn a legal weapon into an illegal one, should be outlawed. But, no one’s been willing to open the can of worms that is gun control.

After all, what is more important than being re-elected? Nothing, apparently. (Note that Sens. Bob Corker and Jeff Flake chose not to run for re-election and felt free to speak out against President Trump.)

Sen. Charles Schumer reportedly doesn’t want gun issues to hurt Democrats in midterm elections. He wants to focus on tax reform, health care and spending issues. Maybe he’s right. Maybe we only make gun issues a priority for a brief period of national mourning – unless one of our own loved ones was a victim. Meanwhile we all feel like victims in regard to our finances and our health care and vote on those issues during elections.

At least Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand called out Congress for being “too cowardly.” And Rep. Brian Higgins redirected the $5,000 given to his campaign by the National Rifle Association to anti-gun groups. Imagine if all the lawmakers who claim they are for sensible gun laws did that! Then the NRA might stop donating and lose its influence. It’s worth hoping for.

Patricia McClain


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