May 21, 2018 10:54:42 AM
Questions when we will address shootings
It's sad that a mass shooting has to take place before our politicians think about gun control but don't do anything about it. It's even sadder that pro-gun activists take issue with talks of gun control.
According to Wikipedia, there have been 316 deaths and 478 injuries in the last 20 years at schools and colleges across our country. That's shocking to me. There have been 39 school shooting deaths and 62 injuries just this year.
I'm all for the right to keep and bear arms. But I can't, for the life of me, understand why anyone needs a semi-automatic weapon to hunt or protect their property.
Why are minors able to gain access to these weapons? Their parents should be held responsible on some level for not keeping them properly locked away.
I'm sure this letter will anger some people and that's fine. But I'll bet if those people had a loved one killed or injured in a shooting incident they would be singing a different tune.
It's heartbreaking that my grandchildren have "active shooter drills" at school. And it's a shame that children today have to face those fears instead of feeling safe and secure. How many more of our children and grandchildren have to die before something is done to protect them?
Editor's note: Perry is an employee of The Dispatch.
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