Letter: On gun violence, thoughts and prayers are not enough

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

We have just witnessed the largest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. With 273 mass shootings so far this year – an average of one a day – and 92 deaths every day due to gun violence, we are now facing an epidemic of gun violence.

No other industrialized nation has such carnage. We now have the highest homicide rate in the world.

Thoughts and prayers are not enough. It is time for action now.

President Trump and Gov. Sununu are saying, ‘Oh not so fast, not now.’ We’ve heard that before. It sounds like a party line, a stalling technique. It is time for major gun control legislation such as requiring background checks, preventing silencers, restoring the ban on assault weapons, and preventing weapons with bump stocks. If silencers had been used in Las Vegas and if people had been armed and returned fire, many more people would have been killed and many more injured.

I’m tired of people just reacting every time there’s a mass shooting. It’s time for us to urge our leaders to be pro-active and pass common sense legislation to help prevent so many mass shootings and so many deaths due to gun violence.

Dwight S. Haynes