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Where is your outrage? As a grandmother of elementary schoolchildren, I am enraged by the complacent tone of the Post-Gazette's Dec. 18 editorial "After Newtown" regarding the butchering of 20 children and six school personnel in a Connecticut grade school. The PG editorial board suggested that a panel study the issue, which would "take time."
If we call ourselves a civilized society, we don't have the luxury of time to examine the problem. Didn't the carnage at Western Psychiatric in Oakland, the horror at the LA Fitness Center in Collier and the slaughter of Pittsburgh police officers in Stanton Heights bring the issue close enough to home?
What is there to study? Assault weapons similar to those used by the military against the Taliban have no business in the hands of any civilian, especially those who are mentally unstable. Sen. Dianne Feinstein isn't going to wait for a study; she will introduce a bill to ban the sale of these weapons. Rather than calling for a "study," you should have urged readers to contact their U.S. representatives to pass the bill.
The governments of Britain and Australia know that strict gun laws lower the incidence of gun violence. In 2008, there were 39 homicides by firearms in Britain. Consider that in 2009, the United States had 9,146 homicides by firearms.
Don't talk to me about Second Amendment rights. My daughter is vigilant in keeping her sons safe. She has the right to expect that they will return home safely from school. The fact that 20 families in my country had to buy coffins for their children instead of Christmas presents sickens me and makes me ashamed to be an American.
Where is the outrage?
First Published December 27, 2012 12:00 am