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Your Views: ‘Duck and cover’ not solution to shootings

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letter to the editor
Tuesday, October 10, 2017

We’re told it is not the time to talk about gun control because we’d be “politicizing” the tragedy in Vegas. Leaders say we need to be united and stand in solidarity and pray. But it’s not “politicizing.”

Republicans and Democrats were shot in Las Vegas. Progressives and Independents and everyone in between were shot. Let’s unite and stand in solidarity against the massive gun violence in America. No one else is going to fix it for us.

John Thune, R-South Dakota, said last week, ”(P)eople are going to have to take steps in their own lives to take precautions. To protect themselves. And in situations like that, you know, try to stay safe. As somebody said—get small.” Telling our kids and grandkids to “duck and cover” is not the answer to dealing with the slaughter on American streets.

Freedom of speech doesn’t mean you can yell “fire” in a crowded theater. Freedom to bear arms doesn’t mean you can buy a tank.

Speak out against the lies that you’re safer with more guns on the streets, that only criminals will have guns if ANY new law is made on gun control, that guns are the only way to protect ourselves.

Insist legislators support background checks, banning assault weapons, a waiting period, required training and closing loopholes on purchases. No gun owner should consider any of this unreasonable.

Someone said trying to get gun control in America is like having a snowball fight with Satan. But it doesn’t have to be.

KAREN STAUSS

Janesville

 



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