(The following letter to Steve Sanetti, President of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, has been received for publication.)
Dear Mr Sanetti,
I am writing you as a concerned mom and fellow citizen of Newtown. Since December 14, I have struggled to make sense of the horrible crime at our beloved Sandy Hook School. Along with many others, I seek any and all solutions so that no other community experiences a similar event in the future.
Thank you to gun owners who understand and agree on how common sense gun violence control laws will help protect innocent people without infringing upon their rights to own a gun. However, I am disappointed when others use fragmented information to blindside citizens into believing that gun violence control does not work.
I would like to publicly thank those public officials and faceless bureaucrats for all the work they’ve accomplished over the decades creating such a cozy, safe, ubiquitous nanny state for all Americans to stay in. Sort of like a kennel where you can keep your dog safely. How did Americans survive and dare I say thrive for 200 years without the good graces of our benevolent leaders of today.
I think we need to stop blaming inanimate objects. There is not a gun violence problem, there is a violence problem. Has anyone not seen the violent twitter posts, and news reports or YouTube clips showing “Flashmobs” assaulting people, damaging or stealing property? Even this violence is just a symptom. The actual problem is our society and culture. We have stopped teaching right and wrong: instead we’ve been taught we can’t judge another’s behavior.
WASHINGTON– Nearly three dozen Newtown residents, including family members of victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, have joined an 11th hour effort to win congressional support for an assault weapons ban.
“The damage done by an assault weapon, compared to a regular gun, is horrific,” said William Begg, an emergency room doctor from Newtown.
DANBURY – Vice President Joe Biden has urged Congress to swiftly approve a federal task force’s recommendations for strengthened gun control in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, which left 20 first-graders and six educators dead in a December 12 shooting incident.
Biden spoke at Western Connecticut State University on February 21 at a conference on gun violence, school safety, and mental health.
HARTFORD – Urging state legislators to act swiftly, Governor Dannel P. Malloy has proposed a set of gun control laws intended to make the state a safer place.
The governor’s proposal comes in the wake of the December 14 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in which a 20-year-old gunman shot his way into the school with a semiautomatic rifle, after which he shot and killed 20 first-graders and six educators before killing himself as police approached.
The General Federation of Women’s Clubs of Connecticut, Inc. adopted a resolution on January 19, 2013 banning the sale and possession of assault weaponry. The Newtown Woman’s Club, GFWC, Inc. adopted a similar resolution on December 20, 2012. These resolutions were sent to our elected officials. The current resolution is as follows:
General Federation Of Women’s Clubs Of Connecticut, Inc., 2013 President’s Executive Board Meeting.
Sent to President Obama, Governor Malloy, Senators Blumenthal, Murphy, Feinstein, Reid, Congressman Esty.
Opinions posted in The Newtown Bee lately, by the editor and others, have promoted “common sense” measures to reduce firearms. “Common sense” is used as if readers understand what it means. I don't understand. My common sense leads me to far different conclusions.