We have a right not to fear being gunned down
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Letter writer Tony Fasciani ("It's Time to Impose Limits on Assault Weapons," July 29) is right about imposing limits on assault weapons, tools for the battlefield, designed to kill a lot of people in a very short time. There is no justification for them in civilians' hands. And after every killing, we see a repeat of the same scenes, people uttering the same tired cliches. The mass killings will continue as we remain in this state of paralysis.
As Dr. Brad Amos ("A Child's Funeral," July 29) points out, Wayne LaPierre, the National Rifle Association's millionaire lobbyist, should attend victims' funerals. Maybe he would reconsider his gun-worshipping religion when he sees the human sacrifices it demands.
I ask letter writer Gene Shumar from Mount Pleasant ("Gun Do-Gooders," July 29): Do you believe that the right to own semi-automatic assault weapons, thousands of rounds of ammunition and clips shooting 100 bullets per minute trumps the right to life? Does it trump the right to live free from fear of being mowed down anywhere? Or do we have rights only where gun ownership is considered? Did you look at Chantel Blunk's face and her husband Jonathan's flag-draped casket? What about their rights?
The NRA has lost its moral compass. It has become a politician-owning, paranoid organization, thriving on fear-mongering and elevating weapons of war above innocent life. I imagine a bloody waterfall rushing down its headquarters' walls, covering the windows, cascading over the lobby and running down the street, without an end -- the innocent blood shed everywhere.
Now, we sit back and wait for the next massacre.
First Published August 9, 2012 12:00 am