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Gun laws don’t scare me

Virginia Tech, Columbine, Ft. Hood, Orlando, Las Vegas, Aurora, Newtown and now Parkland.

This is far from the complete list but merely some of the most awful mass shootings in America. We thought the slaughter of babies at Newtown would bring change, but we moved on and look what we’ve done. Another day of terror for high school students and their parents.

I believe in the Second Amendment and have always owned guns, but enough is enough. Our insane fear of legislation that would more effectively control guns and ban some guns doesn’t scare me. I don’t stay awake at night fearing the government is coming to take my guns and don’t believe for a second that there is a secret movement to make that happen.

Assault rifles designed exclusively to kill people don’t belong in our homes, they belong only with the military and law enforcement. It’s time our elected officials found their backbones and begin putting forth legislation to help stop this carnage. And they need to do this because it’s the right thing to do despite opposition from the NRA and many gun owners.

We need to decide what kind of people we really are.

Jim Boggs

Spokane


 

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