To the Editor:
It has happened again. A mass shooting of innocents. It is not being called a terrorist act and yet that is exactly what it is. Terror is the tactic of making people afraid to continue their lives in ordinary ways.
Killing children in school is the worst kind of terrorism there is.
What is more terroristic than to be in school or in a mall Christmas shopping or in a theater to watch a movie and having someone begin shooting and killing strangers?
Was not the shooting at Fort Hood a terroristic shooting or the massacre at Luby’s? I would say yes.
Yet we cannot have a civil conversation about the nearly 300 million guns in the United States; why there needs to be so many and what type to keep out of civilian hands.
We cannot decide even whether a presumptive gun owner should have to go through some rigorous licensing before they obtain a weapon.
We are far more cautious about obtaining marriage licenses and driver’s licenses.
I am angry that there are those who would say that if someone in the school or the mall or the theater had a weapon, everyone would have been protected.
I am angry that most people think that killing a human being is easy or doesn’t have a psychological cost.
To stop the madness we must converse with each other and tell the NRA and the gun manufacturers to back off until the conversation is finished.