To the Editor:
The news from Las Vegas made me both sad and angry. Sad because of the many innocent lives lost and angry because here we had another mass murder and seem to have learned nothing from the too many past occurrences.
Every time I hear or read of another mass murder by some unhinged madman, I shake my head in disbelief.
I thought that Congress would act after the Columbine atrocity. Nothing. Then I thought the murder of those children at Sandy Hook would spur some action. Again nothing. Maybe Orlando would get Congress moving? Instead, Congress hems and haws and fiddles and diddles and does nothing after every one of these outrages, and I get angrier and angrier. And to think that someone in Congress was going to introduce a bill to allow silencers on guns! What insanity! Can you imagine the carnage that would have occurred in Las Vegas if the fellow had had silencers?
I am from a family of hunters, and I have no problem with pistols for target practice or rifles or shotguns. How much of a game animal would be left if one of those semiautomatic guns turned into essentially an automatic gun with a bump stock would be used on it?
A grotesque misunderstanding of the Second Amendment has allowed weapons of war to become established in the civilian population.
Prayers and condolences are fine, but they don’t bring back a single man, woman, or child. Congress must pass laws to protect people from guns in the hands of mentally disturbed people in the country and prevent more slaughter of innocent people. But frankly, I don’t have much hope since Congress is filled with feckless, spineless wimps firmly in the pocket of the NRA.