Seventeen more people are murdered by a demented individual with a semi-automatic rifle. And what is our congressional representative, Paul Ryan, speaker of the House of Representatives, doing about it? He calls for a nationwide concealed-carry law, apparently believing that having more people armed makes our society safer.

But if more guns made us safer, the United States would be the safest country in the world--and we are far from that. In fact, the U.S. is one of the least safe countries in the industrialized world.

As a national “leader,” Ryan is in a rare position to actually do something about gun violence in America. He could reject the National Rifle Association and support a ban on semi-automatic weapons and bump stocks, which turn a semi-automatic into a fully automatic weapon.

There are lots of things that Ryan could do to try to improve public safety and reduce the scourge of mass murders in American. But he does nothing other than parrot the NRA line about guns not killing people; the problem is people killing people.

But without such ready access to guns, sick individuals like the man in Florida--and others guilty of mass shootings in the U.S.--would have a much harder time committing mass murder.

Ryan does not represent the interests of the people in his district--or the country as a whole. With his dedication to the NRA and the unstable “genius” in the White House, he has failed the American people.

BILL LIVICK

Eagle

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