Vote for those who will con­front NRA

The Modesto Bee (Sunday) - - Opinion -

An­other mass mur­der with an as­sault ri­fle Satur­day morn­ing. Eleven innocent peo­ple killed by a de­ranged gun­man. How many more of these tragic crimes have to be com­mit­ted be­fore we en­act a change.

Too many politi­cians are ac­cept­ing enor­mous sums for their cam­paigns from the NRA, en­sur­ing that any­one can pur­chase one of these killing ma­chines. Ac­cord­ing to the Cen­ter of Re­spon­sive Pol­i­tics, $5.9 mil­lion went to Repub­li­can can­di­dates in the 2016 elec­tion cy­cle. Jeff Den­ham is en­dorsed by the NRA and got $12,000; he will not stand up to the NRA.

When I was teach­ing in the pub­lic schools we had fire drills. Now school have ac­tive-shooter drills. We do not value the lives of our chil­dren as we should. How would it af­fect you if one or more of your chil­dren died at the hands of a men­tally ill in­di­vid­ual with an as­sault ri­fle? Start vot­ing for peo­ple who will en­act com­mon-sense gun laws.

– Thomas Tyler, Modesto

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