The only way to defeat the stranglehold gun manufacturers and the NRA have on legislatures is for all media outlets to publicize the names of every senator and assemblyman on both federal and state levels. Voters should see what they get for their votes. Those against background checks, licensing all guns and limiting the number of rounds in any gun may wake up to the fact that random violence may take the life of a loved one or their own.
Each of us has a breaking point. We say a murderer has just “snapped,” because those who knew the killer only saw the gentle side of him.
Among the most vulnerable are our police and guardians of prisons, schools and mental hospitals. As both a volunteer and intern at psychiatric hospitals, I had been assaulted twice. Even though these instances were quite rare, outside these institutions as well as within them, assault weapons especially are the most horrendous.
Any gun, knife or instrument can cause serious injury or death, we know. However, I am most concerned about the lives of youngsters who are wasted by guns of all kinds. Every day a little child is killed by “mistake” — some by a self-inflicted wound. Thoughtful parents make sure any potential weapon is secured, safely out of reach of any child at home or visiting elsewhere.
We are thankful for our senators, members of the state and federal assemblies, city councils, mayors, governors and police chiefs, united for safer cities, towns and hamlets, schools, hospitals and all public areas.
Let us not tempt fate! Dump the naysayers in government who decry any type of gun reform. Our prayers are not enough! Pick up a pen, go to your email, smartphone, telephone; attend your local civic association meetings; write to your newspapers. We are a much bigger lobby than the NRA. Speak up for your right to life.