Letter: Gun violence an awful routine

In this Oct. 4, 2017, photo, a device called a “bump stock” is attached to a semi-automatic rifle at the Gun Vault store and shooting range in South Jordan, Utah. The National Rifle Association announced its support on Oct. 5 for regulating the devices that can effectively convert semi-automatic rifles into fully automated weapons and that were apparently used in the Las Vegas massacre to lethal effect. It was a surprising shift for the leading gun industry group, which in recent years has resolutely opposed any gun regulations. Immediately afterward the White House, too, said it was open to such a change. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Well, here we are again - another massacre, bigger than ever, and the usual people are saying the usual trite things about “what a tragedy it is” and “our prayers are with the families of the killed and wounded.” Such hypocrisy. In a few days, most of us, especially our members of Congress, will be back to life as usual and nothing will have changed. We live in a country whose people value corporate power (gun manufacturers) and lobbying power (the NRA, beholden to the gun makers) more than the lives of our citizens.

We live in a country with frequent mass shootings and a citizenry only momentarily moved by these terrible events. I cannot imagine that the writers of our Constitution would think it reasonable for private citizens to own guns that can fire 400 bullets a minute. They would be appalled at the country we have become.

There are sensible suggestions for enacting limitations on gun ownership. Our country, however, has chosen violence by enacting laws that make it easier for people who should not have guns to have them and by allowing one person’s killing power to be immense.

It is a twisted view of freedom that says that the right to enormous firepower is more important than the right of citizens to be safe in public. We need rational gun control, and we will only get it by overwhelmingly telling our legislators that it’s what we want.

NINA WARREN, Manhattan

 

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