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.

Ben Liles

Salado

(3) comments

centexdave

In 1865 a Democrat shot and killed Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States.
In 1881 a left wing radical Democrat shot James Garfield, President of the United States who later died from the wound.
In 1963 a radical left wing socialist shot and killed John F. Kennedy, President of the United States.
In 1975 a left wing radical Democrat fired shots at Gerald Ford, President of the United States.
In 1983 a registered Democrat shot and wounded Ronald Reagan, President of the United States.
In 1984 James Hubert, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 22 people in a McDonalds restaurant.
In 1986 Patrick Sherrill, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 15 people in an Oklahoma post office.
In 1990 James Pough, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 10 people at a GMAC office.
In 1991 George Hennard, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 23 people in a Luby's cafeteria.
In 1995 James Daniel Simpson, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 5 coworkers in a Texas laboratory.
In 1999 Larry Asbrook, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 8 people at a church service.
In 2001 a left wing radical Democrat fired shots at the White House in a failed attempt to kill George W. Bush, President of the US.
In 2003 Douglas Williams, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 7 people at a Lockheed Martin plant.
In 2007 a registered Democrat named Seung - Hui Cho, shot and killed 32 people in Virginia Tech.
In 2009, a left wing radical Islamic sympathizer Major Nidal Hasan fatally shot 13 people and injured more than 30 others on Fort Hood, near Killeen, Texas. The shooting produced more casualties than any other on an American military base.
In 2010 a mentally ill registered Democrat named Jared Lee Loughner, shot Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in the head thus wounding her for life.
In 2011 a registered Democrat named James Holmes, went into a movie theater and shot and killed 12 people.
In 2012 Andrew Engeldinger, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 7 people in Minneapolis.
In 2013 a registered Democrat named Adam Lanza, shot and killed 26 people in a school.
In Sept 2013, an angry Democrat shot 12 at a Navy ship yard.
In 2016 a registered Muslim Democrat murdered 49 people in an Orlando night club.
One could go on, but you get the point, even if the media does nothing.
Clearly, there is a problem with Democrats and guns.
Not one NRA member, Tea Party member, or Republican conservative was involved in these shootings and murders. Seems we should make guns laws that prohibit Democrats from owning guns. Not the right wingers that the fake news blames.

Bubba1

And stop badmouthing the NRA.

Bubba1

We already have all the laws necessary. There are no new laws that are going to address anything to stop insane criminals from being insane criminals. Your ridiculous comments about our Constitution reveal your ignorance of the Constitution, our founders, the founding of the United States, and more directly, the founding of Texas. If you want to do something, pressure your lawmakers to enforce the thousand of firearms laws already on the books. Pressure them to put criminals in jail. Pressure them to demand that all states add the mentally ill to the NICS to prevent them from acquiring firearms. Then spend a lot of energy not tampering with our Constitution, and for the Love Of Christ, stop trying to stomp on the rights of the American people, your fellow citizens. STOP IT.

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