Senators must stand against assault weapons

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It is time for our senators to be up front with the voters who put them in office.

It is time for our senators to say that they do not accept the logic that "we need an assault weapon to go hunting" and that black helicopters are not coming to Pittsburgh's back- yards to take everyone's weapons away. It is time for our senators to have the intestinal fortitude to say that our children are more important than some suggestion that the president is trying to take away everyone's guns. It is time for our senators (as well as our governor) to say that we are against assault weapons.

The description of the scene of the killing of the 20 innocent babies in Newtown, Conn., has not been widely discussed, as well it should. The reality is that most of the children killed were unrecognizable having been shot from two to 11 times.

The National Rifle Association was tasteless enough, on the one-month anniversary, to release an app intended to improve shooting skills with coffin-shaped targets and recommended for ages 4 and up, and then followed up with an ad dragging the president's children into this discussion.

Then Rush Limbaugh, one of the most ignorant proponents of the far right, said that "Obama was using children as human shields."

Where are our senators? To quote Joseph Welch, an attorney for the U.S. Army during the McCarthy hearings, we need our senators to come public and direct their disgust at Rush Limbaugh and the NRA and say, "Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?"

And if they don't, each one from Gov. Tom Corbett to senators Pat Toomey and Bob Casey, Pennsylvanians should remember that they have lost their intestinal fortitude and take this into consideration the next time they ask us to vote for them.

JERRY HARRISON
West Mifflin


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