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Letter: Offering thoughts, prayers won’t stop the gun carnage

Offering thoughts, prayers won’t stop the gun carnage

In his inaugural speech, on Jan 20, 2017, President Trump stated, “America’s carnage stops right here, right now.” His statement also mentioned that, “… not Washington insiders, but American citizens are, again, the rulers of this nation.” He must not have been considering carnage from the appalling number of gun massacres in our schools and elsewhere, or citizenship for the undocumented, or the numerous issues the majority of us “rulers” have already spoken to.

On Valentine’s Day in Parkland, Fla., tragedy struck once again, when young people and their teachers were victims of gun violence. But as sure as rain, members of Congress did their due diligence by offering their “thoughts and prayers.”

And just as certain as tomorrow’s presidential tweets, nothing that we hope for will even be whispered in the halls of Congress. Caution, cowardice and selfishness are the order for today’s public servants. There are no martyrs and few courageous enough to challenge the National Rifle Association.

After murders like this, we hear (while grieving) that “this is not the time” to discuss weapons of war against our kids and citizenry. In a few days, it’ll all blow over, except for the victims’ families. As for the timid, it’s never discussion time.

More than 35,000 gun deaths per year don’t seem quite enough to seriously activate our leaders. What would happen if 290 passenger deaths from a crash of a Boeing 787 Dreamliner occurred every third day of the year? That approximates to the same amount of gun deaths. Can you imagine the outrage in Congress, with calls to remove the 787 from service, immediately? In the United States, the Second Amendment isn’t under attack, but we certainly are! Professing to keep us safe requires common-sense gun control policy, not prayer and certainly not rhetoric.

Leonard Gross

East Amherst

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