On December 14th, a lone gunman opened fire at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. 27 people were killed, 20 of them children between the ages of five and ten.
The shooter’s weapon, a .223-caliber assault rifle, is legal for civilians to purchase in the United States. Rifles like that were originally created for combat purposes — they allow shooters to fire up to 6 bullets a second. One man was able to obtain one and bring it into a kindergarten classroom. Yet the White House press secretary, Jay Carney, maintains that “this isn’t the time” to talk about gun control.
But when will be “the time” to discuss gun control? It wasn’t “the time” in January 2011, when Arizona Representative Gabby Giffords nearly died from an attack that killed six of her constituents. It wasn’t “the time” this April, when a shooter took an assault rifle into a theater in Aurora and gunned down the inhabitants. Not in Wyoming, not in Michigan, not in Clackamas. The longer we wait for it to be “the time,” the more we’re putting innocent lives at risk.
In President Obama’s speech on Friday about the tragedy in Newtown, he said that he was heartbroken. He claimed it’s “time to take action.” But paying lip service to grieving Americans won’t be enough to prevent children in the future from being murdered at the hands of gunmen.
President Obama may think it’s “too soon.” But for 20 kids and 6 adults in Newtown, it’s already too late.
|Thank you for taking action,Kathleen J.
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