Do the right thing: Ban semi-automatic weapons

The Gazette Opinion Staff
Published: December 19 2012 | 11:33 am - Updated: 1 April 2014 | 3:33 am in

The Newtown massacre gives us one more opportunity to learn. How many more experiences will be required? From all we hear, it seems that this was an act of violence that could not have been prevented by any external means. However, it also seems that if a semi-automatic weapon had not been involved, fewer people would have lost their lives.

Letís begin by at least banning the proliferation of semi-automatic weapons and those weaponsí ammunition. The argument that ďguns donít kill people, people doĒ is weak. The same could be said of nuclear weapons. Thatís why we control them with non-proliferation laws and treaties.

It is time for Congress to stop putting NRA dollars in their wallets and to do the right thing.

Daniel and Virginia Mitchell

Cedar Rapids

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