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Letter: Keep the debate alive

Posted: August 20, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: August 20, 2012 2:00 a.m.
 

Predictably, the conversation, debate if you will, about gun control has taken the usual course since the slaughter in Colorado. It has quite quickly vanished — gone silent.

Not even the more recent shooting in Wisconsin could rekindle the spark needed to reopen the discussion.

Whenever possible, our politicians avoid taking a position lest they alienate some constituents. But what about the rest of us?

Perhaps I’m wrong, but I think the vast number of Americans believe that more controls are needed and that bullets and guns need more stringent regulations.

I’ve been criticized in the past for not knowing the difference between automatic and semi-automatic weapons. Good grief, does it matter? One can kill numbers of people in a moment, and the other can do it even faster.

Gun lovers, of course, will point to the Sacred Second and offer many arguments. That’s fine; let them. The point is we need to keep the debate alive until our politicians recognize that the vast majority of voters want some action to stop the gun violence.

We must not continue to be the silent majority. We must, all of us, stand up and speak out.

Those who want to stop the violence but stand on the sidelines and say nothing are part of the problem. If our political leaders don’t hear from us, they will do nothing.

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