Letter to the editor |Gun law vote beyond shameful
These are troubled days. First a terrorist attack on the Boston Marathon that has killed three innocent people including a young boy and wounded over a hundred others, then an attempt to poison our president and some senators through the mail.
These things are depressing enough but there is more. I am referring to the shocking vote of the Senate rejecting a bipartisan amendment that would have expanded background checks on gun purchases before the recent slaughter of children in the shocking gun violence in places like Newtown Conn. The vote would have extended background check requirements on gun owners in a very minimal way.
Our president said in the White House Rose Garden alongside family members who lost loved ones at the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting and Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, “All in all, this was a pretty shameful day in Washington.”
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That is putting it lightly. This vote reflects a rule of ignorance, blindness, and greed perpetuated by the NRA that has blatantly lied, manipulated, and falsely represented the bill over and over. As a result many Senators who need their money have listened and responded. This was not a bill to abolish handguns or automatic weapons, which should obviously be done. This was just a bill to require effective gun checks everywhere guns are sold.
Statistics prove that the more guns that are in the hands of the public, the more deaths there are nationwide. Certainly they prove that guns in the hands of the mentally ill are sickening. Yet here we are again, being laughed at by the other countries of the world for our Wild West mentality that is totally out of touch with all reality.
It is a sad, sad day for many reasons. It is truly a very sad day.