Congress must act now to end violence

August 26, 2012

Aug. 24 brought yet another day of shootings.

Here's the relevant passage from our Declaration of Independence: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."

We have a grave national security issue in this country — our inalienable right to life is being taken away by the gunmen who are shooting in great numbers our innocent citizens and nothing is being done to stop them.

The Declaration of Independence calls on the government to protect us and our rights.

I therefore call on President Barack Obama to call a special session of Congress to get them all back to Washington now to do their jobs and work out a plan to protect us, once and for all, and to stay until this crisis is resolved and we can feel safe again in our homes, our schools, our communities. It is our unalienable right to do so and our lawmakers are the elected officials given the job to make it so. Get them back, Mr. President, so that no more innocent people have to die.

Fran Steketee, Westminster

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