Mr. Speaker, after the shootings of elementary children at Sandy Hook school, you said, “Not the time to talk about it.” After the massacre of concert goers in Las Vegas, “not the time,” After teens were mowed down in the hall at a Florida high school, “not the time.” This droning mantra from our leaders is tiresome and substitutes for action--hoping we will forget until the next shooting tragedy happens.

So our school children become collateral damage, caught in this web of political rhetoric and inaction. Our children become victims in the unquenchable bloody thirst for campaign donations to win campaigns.

Why on earth would you allow an 18-year-old to have a military-style assault weapon? A legitimate sportsman does not need a military assault weapon to hunt. This military weapon is meant for one purpose: to kill masses of people. Now when someone holds a grudge, they mow down school children, teachers and young people at country and western concerts or in nightclubs.

Speaker Paul Ryan, now is the time to act. Now is the time for leadership. Now is the time for courage. Now is the time to stop the slaughter.

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better… no it’s not.” Quote from Dr. Seuss.


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