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Letters to the Editor

Washington does nothing on gun control

After the shootings in El Paso and Dayton, President Trump stated there would be no new gun laws because guns don’t kill people, people kill people.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Trump sent their “You are in our thoughts and prayers” to the victims’ families. Trump then says he talked to the attorney general about mental health checks, red flags and the death penalty for these shooters. It sounds good, but I don’t think it will deter them – most of them don’t think they will come out alive once they start shooting.

We may not be able to stop all of the shootings, but we can reduce the number of people being killed and wounded. In both the El Paso and Dayton shootings, it was a rapid-firing gun with cartridge clips and drums that could hold 100 bullets. In Dayton, the shooter only fired for about 1 minute before police stopped him. He was still able to kill nine people and wound 14. If this had been a regular gun, he might have gotten off five or six shots in that time instead of 23.

McConnell refuses to put up anything for a vote that comes from the House having to do with gun control, and Trump says no new gun laws. I guess pleasing the NRA is more important than saving lives.

Trump blames the Democrats for everything, but the Republicans were in control of the House and Senate when he took office, and they failed to pass anything on gun control.

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