Perhaps because the victims were mostly children, perhaps because it came on the heels of three other record-setting mass shootings, but whatever the reason, America is ready to replace sympathy and condolences with action.
For the first time in our history, we’re ready to tell the gun lobby that we’ve had enough.
When NRA spokesmen hit the talk shows this week, pleading, “Let’s not get too hasty,” this time, we’re ready to do just that, act quickly and hastily before the next round of shooters can claim anymore victims.
This time, when NRA spokesmen hide behind the Second Amendment, we’ll reach behind it, grab them and hold them accountable.
When they sit smugly on the talk shows and claim, “guns don’t kill people, people kill people,” we’ll respond no sir, actually, guns kill people.
It is now time for a ban on automatic weapons, increased waiting periods and background checks for gun purchases, or whatever measure it takes so that the next would-be mass murderer won’t have such an easy time getting a weapon.
Rolling Meadows, Illinois