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I could not agree more with Daniel J. Buysse's comment about saying "enough" ("Leaders, We've Had Enough of All the Killing," Dec. 17). But it will only be enough if we, the majority of people who want this to end, stand up to our elected officials and the gun lobby and say that.

My father was a lifelong National Rifle Association member and we never saw eye-to-eye on guns. When I'd challenge people having guns, he would say that "if we take guns away from ordinary people, then only the criminals will have guns." Well, they do and this guy in Connecticut was no "criminal." Before this act, he was an ordinary person. True, he may have had issues, but from all indications, he had access to guns and executed 26 people and his own mother. Those guns turned him into a criminal.

We are tired of being told that hunters need guns. No one I know who hunts does so with a Bushmaster or other automatic weapon. We are tired of classifying gun owners as sportsmen. Hunting is not a sport (it is a throwback to when that is how we provided food -- I see nothing wrong with it, by the way). Baseball is a sport, football is a sport. Innocent lives are not lost when the objects of these sports fall into the wrong hands.

We need to say that we are tired of the gun lobby trying to scare us. We are tired of being afraid to go to the movies or shopping malls. We are tired of sending our children to school where they should feel safe and then not having them return to us. We are tired of the NRA wanting us to believe that someday, we will need to rise up against our own government to defend ourselves and that's why we all need guns. We are tired being told that the answer is always more guns.

We are tired, and we believe that enough is enough.

RICH VOLLER
Richland


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