To our Congressional Delegation: It is that time again. It is time to have your offices issue yet another statement in response to yet another mass shooting. It is time to do some cutting and pasting from the statements issued following Columbine (15 dead), San Bernardino (16 dead), Virginia Tech (33 dead), Las Vegas (59 dead), Sandy Hook (28 dead), Sutherland Springs (27 dead), and Orlando (50 dead). We have heard it all before from you and other Congressmen who have consistently spoken out and voted against any kind of gun control.
You and others have said that this is not the time to politicize the event, it is the time to grieve; that more information is needed before any gun control legislation can be considered; that everyone has the Constitutional right to own firearms including semi-automatics; that if semi-automatic weapons are made illegal, the government will next be at our door demanding our favorite goose hunting shotgun or the handgun that we own for personal protection; that we don’t need more laws, we need to enforce the laws that we already have; or that the problem is mental illness, lack of religion or violent video games and movies, not guns. But in the meantime the gruesome mass murders continue.
Perhaps now is the time for you to take a fresh and honest look at the issue of gun control; to open your minds to the idea of reasonable gun control; to consider the banning of semi-automatic weapons while protecting other gun rights; to consider the possibility that the problem is guns, specifically semi-automatic weapons; to stop worrying about your NRA rating and to quit kowtowing to the gun lobbyists. Perhaps now is the time for you to view the horrific cell phone videos of the recent Parkland, Florida shooting (17 dead) and to read the bios of those who were senselessly murdered, and to decide that now is the time for you to stop issuing statements and instead to act.
And perhaps it is time for the voters to decide that now is the time for us to act.