Long past time to end mass killings in U.S.
The Kansas City Star
It’s long past time for the president of the United States and everyone else to stop offering condolences, sympathy and apologies for shootings in America.
Such statements become a sign of accepting that the killings and injuries will never end and that we’re all just potential victims. It is long past time for people to take action against liberal gun laws and gun habits, which enable such shootings to keep recurring.
The latest was Sunday when a gunman in a domestic act of terrorism shot and killed at least six worshippers and injured three others at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis., a suburb of Milwaukee. Police killed the shooter in the parking lot.
That mass killing occurred the day before Jared Loughner was to plead guilty to killing six people and wounding several others, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in 2011 in an Arizona shooting rampage.
It was just last month that a gunman killed 12 and wounded 59 at an Aurora, Colo., theater during the midnight opening of the new Batman movie. Such killings won’t end unless the public insists that the gun addiction in this country is arrested once and for all.
Because of elected officials’ fear of the National Rifle Association, people of conscience and good will should protest in the street forcing corrective action. Doing nothing obviously will just lead to more killings, sorrow and empty apologies.