After moment of silence for Sandy Hook, speak out to silence guns
The Kansas City Star
This morning’s moment of silence for the 26 Sandy Hook Elementary School victims was a symbolic reminder of how many lives a gunman snuffed out last Friday.
But for real change in America, it’s time to silence the guns.
We need to act. We need to silence the people who think they have a right to buy any gun they want.
Silence the gun nuts who think they have the right to buy any kind of ammunition they want, any quantity they want.
Silence all this talk about how the Second Amendment trumps the right of Americans to live in a country with sane gun laws, not insanely liberal ones.
Don’t let the children of Sandy Hook die in vain.
That will not happen if, after the moment of silence, gun control advocates work for real change in this country.
Yes, it starts in Washington, where new laws will be needed to ban all - and I do mean all - sales of assault weapons. Ban all sales of high-capacity magazines. Ban all future gun shows. Require far more stringent background checks.
Here’s what good control does not look like: getting caught up in the rabbit hole trap of first working to improve mental health treatment in this country. That’s what the gun-control cowards like Missouri’s U.S. Sen Roy Blunt and Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback are talking about today - trying to divert America’s attention from the real problem.
And that problem is the easy availability of guns.
The moment of silence Friday was important for a country in its healing process over the deaths of so many innocent victims.
But the really effective way to reduce such moments of silence in the future is to silence the guns and their supporters who want to continue flooding America’s homes with lethal weapons.