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GUN: Nation endures yet another mass shooting

Letter by Linda Parrish, Tacoma on Sep. 16, 2013 at 3:43 pm with No Comments »
September 16, 2013 3:43 pm

Here we go again – another mass shooting. Earlier this month we were considering going to war because 1,400 Syrians died from a horrific gas attack. It takes only 43 days to reach that number of deaths from guns in this country.

There has been a mass shooting on average every month since 2009. It continues unabated. Evidently, some death methods are more acceptable to us than others.

We need to have a genuine conversation about guns acknowledging that the NRA refuses to be a real player in this conversation. As a great American document declares: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all persons are … are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Let’s proclaim anew that all human life in America must be protected. Let us also declare our liberty from unrestricted access to guns. After all, feeling safe and unafraid in our neighborhoods certainly contributes to collective and individual happiness.

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