Letter: Only in America

Friday, November 10, 2017
Only in America

Every time there is a mass killing in this country by a U.S. citizen, the response from the Republican politicians, the NRA and the conservative media is that “it is a mental health issue and not a gun problem.” It is almost as if they are saying that the United States is the only country in the world with mental health problems. They surely can’t believe that there are minimal or no mass shootings in other countries because all their citizens are sane and rational.

The main reason there are so many mass shootings and people being murdered in this country is the perpetrators have access to high-powered assault weapons. It definitely is a gun problem. It is black and white with no gray area. Make possession of high-capacity assault weapons illegal, and the high incidence of mass killings will be eliminated or reduced to nil, the same as other civilized countries.

After the recent murders in New York by a radicalized immigrant, Donald Trump stated something to the effect “this will not happen in the U.S.A.” The No. 1 priority of the president of the United States is to keep its citizens safe. That includes both domestic and foreign threats. Mr. President, will you please make mass killings by U.S. citizens as much of a priority as people from other countries? Right now you are failing to uphold your No. 1 responsibility. Start by making assault weapons and “bump stocks” illegal in this country.