To the Editor:
For what it’s worth, I’ve tried to influence the national discussion on reducing gun violence by contacting every Senator with the following message:
Although I am not a constituent of yours, I am writing to you hoping that you will place public safety above the politics of one side or the other in the national debate about reducing gun violence. I, myself, would not be able to live with the guilt of knowing that I haven’t contributed all that I could to find a solution. You see, I am a resident of Sandy Hook, CT, and like everyone else in my town, I have been profoundly affected by the shootings.
While I would not presume to tell you what you must do, I have to make this plea: Do what you know in your heart will make the country safer from death by guns. Please join with all the good people who both agree and disagree with you on this issue, and take effective action before the next shooter incubates a plan to do violence. Like a cancer, these acts left untreated will multiply. And like cancer, prevention is a much better course than the treatment.
Knowing that I haven’t much influence, I am reaching out to you in the hope that this appeal encourages you to gather the strength you need to overcome whatever obstacles you find in your path to craft a solution for our country.
Does it dishearten you as it does me to see how people’s positions have hardened? Some people have become obstinate in their refusal to listen. This has forced our national leaders to draw a line in the sand and stay firmly entrenched in their own camps. I suspect that my message will not be read by Senators but by their staffs, and that I will receive automated or canned letters in response thanking me for contacting them. Still, it is a sentiment that needs to be expressed.
30 Still Hill Road, Sandy Hook April 10, 2013