Amer­i­can gun law mad­ness

Sunderland Echo - - Opinion -

As a na­tion the United States likes to re­gard it­self as a bas­tion of civil­i­sa­tion, but last week’s tragic Las Ve­gas mas­sacre, the lat­est and most hor­rific of many mass shoot­ings in re­cent years, proves oth­er­wise. Such events should sim­ply not be hap­pen­ing in a civ­i­lized coun­try in the 21st cen­tury.

With a re­ported death toll from shoot­ings in ex­cess of 10,000 peo­ple a year the US seems to me to be un­wor­thy of mem­ber­ship of, let alone the lead­er­ship of the civ­i­lized world. The pri­vate own­er­ship of mil­i­tary -grade au­to­matic weapons is to­tally in­de­fen­si­ble.

I truly hope that this lat­est tragedy will fi­nally bring Washington to its senses and prompt politi­cians to in­tro­duce the sort of gun con­trol mea­sures that will put an end to these events. In do­ing so they will fi­nally ex­hibit the ba­sic stan­dard of care and moral re­gard for the safety and wel­fare of their cit­i­zens that a re­spon­si­ble, demo­crat­i­cally elected gov­ern­ment is duty-bound to pro­vide.

Sadly I won’t be hold­ing my breath. Name and ad­dress sup­plied

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