I was very touched by Shoeb Abulkalam’s Dec. 20 letter in response to the tragedy in Connecticut, “Unite in peace.” Racked with grief, Americans were once again reminded that Islam teaches that all life is sacred and to take innocent life is to kill mankind.
As an American, a non-Muslim and a non-gun owning human being, I’d like to remind readers that Major Nidal Hasan was a staunch Muslim, who, while shouting “Allah akbar,” raised his gun and blew away 13 innocent, unarmed people at Fort Hood in Texas. He was unfamiliar, it seems, with the teachings of Islam. He has yet to be tried for his crime. Attorney General Eric Holder, on investigating, determined that Hasan’s act was not one of terrorism but of workplace violence. The 13 murdered in Fort Hood were also somebody’s children.
Nor has anyone been held responsible for the trafficking of guns including assault weapons by the Justice Department to drug cartel leaders in Mexico, which killed an American border guard — another mother’s child.
Mass hysteria never solved anything. Before depriving American citizens of their constitutional right to bear arms, let’s give the laws already on the books, which aren’t being obeyed now, more serious consideration.
Let Holder investigate the Newtown killings. The boy Lanza was also a victim. Holder may find that Lanza suffered from sex deprivation, and a simple amendment to Obamacare that would provide all he needed would prevent such calamities in the future.