How many more Newtowns must occur before we act to end gun violence?

December 19, 2012

How many more Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedies do we have to endure before taking action?

All of us are at risk, whether in a school building, a shopping mall, a church or any public place. We must put maximum pressure on the president and Congress to outlaw semiautomatic weapons and large ammunition clips holding dozens of rounds of bullets.

Also, background checks must be required on everyone purchasing guns regardless of the source, and the penalties for violators must be severe.

Automatic weapons with oversize magazines make large profits for the gun manufactures and their stockholders as well as gun dealers. However, no amount of profit is worth the lives of those victimized by such products.

It is not enough to empathize with the victims and cry at their funerals. It is time to take action to end gun violence in America.

David L. Pollitt, Catonsville

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