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Mass shootings and failure on the part of legislators

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Another mass shooting. This time at a church in a small town in Texas. This time there's 26 dead, including a 5 year old child, and the pastor's own 14 year old daughter. Again the weapon is an assault weapon that the gunman bought no questions asked at a sporting goods store. He was discharged from the Army for "anger issues" and had a criminal record for child abuse. And, he hated "religious people".

What is the common denominator in all these mass shootings. Military grade assault weapons! Already Trump has dismissed the shooter as "deranged" although there's been no professional diagnosis revealed. But, Trump and the NRA refuse to look at the real cause.

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Disappointingly, our own legislature failed most recently to pass the "bump stock" law, caving to pressure from the NRA lobbyists. So far, not one piece of legislation to protect people, who are in school, church, theaters, concerts....on and on.

I feel this incident since I live in a small town, such as this town in Texas. We lull ourselves into a state of complacency and the belief that "it would never happen here." Now we see it can.

What can we do? Call or write your state legislators as well as US Rep. Darin LaHood at 202) 225-6201 n DC or 217) 670-1653 at his Springfield office.

Rebecca Drake
Chestnut, Illinois

[Posted November 7, 2017]

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