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eachers stand up to gunmen, but Congress won’tstand up to the NRA.” Tat’s what has us ask you,Lindsey Graham and im Scott to show us, yourconstituency and all o America who believes new gun laws mustbe passed, what are you doing to address the massacre at Sandy Hook? Ater the shooter Adam Lanza, no one is more to blame orthis massacre o 20 rst graders and six adults at the Sandy Hook Elementary School than the National Rie Association. In orderto stop the senseless killing we must rst stop what the NRA hasput upon this nation.Te National Rie Association is a powerul lobby thatpretends to represent gun owners. But it is known to representthe deadly interests o arms dealers and gun manuacturers. Andit has been astonishingly successul at blocking regulations that would keep our children sae rom gun violence.ell the NRA to stand down, and allow you and your ellow Senators to pass gun control legislation.1. Close the loophole where 40 percent o gun sales at gunshows are made with no background checks.2. Support the banning o semi-automatic assault weapons.3. Support legislation that requires health insurance plans(including the VA, Medicare and Medicaid) to providebetter coverage or mental health care (without a 50%co-pay) similar to standard medical care in a hospital,even including out-patient care.4. Require that gun owners pass a test (including saety training and that all parents be required to lock up allguns rom minors).5. Require that gun owners have a license that can be revokedor legal violations (similar to having a driver’s license).6. Sign onto Senator Feinstein›s bill to re-instate a ban onassault weapons.No one needs military-grade assault weapons to hunt, and noone needs Rambo-style high capacity magazines to protect theiramily rom intruders.Te acts are simple: 83 Americans die every day rom gunviolence in America. Eight o those people are children orteenagers. Eight a day, every day -- thousands a year, tens o thousands in the last decade.Senator Lindsey Graham and Senate Appointee im Scott,consider i this Sandy Hook School assault and others like it were ‘terrorist acts’ wouldn’t we be astounded into action? Tus we urge you to do all that you can to attend to this matter. Techildren o our nation deserve your best eort in their behal.
Refections on Sandy Hook
No one o us could escape the tears as we witnessed the tragedy o Sandy Hook Elementary School unold beore our V glued eyes. Te slaughter o innocentchildren and devoted teachers was beyondbelie and comprehension. Tis horriblecrime would scar the lives o husbands,parents, brothers and sisters, grandparents,and riends. What will happen to theseloved ones? Depression and despair willtake its toll. Grie unable to be shaken will cause unending strie among amily members. Prayer, aith, and love are theonly tools to ease the tension.Many V commentators raised theollowing questions: How could thishappen? Why did this happen? Where was God and we did he not prevent it? A Rabbi, a Priest, and a Minister gavethe best answer. We humans have beenendowed by God with ree will. We canchoose to do good or evil. Unortunately,evil is pervasive in our world, our culture,and our society. Evil is not a dark cloudhovering over us, nor is it a kind o mistrolling in rom the sea. It is an intelligentbeing(s) roaming the earth in searcho awed or weak minds. Once ound,the awed or weak mind is aced withalluring oers: wealth, power, control.Te Scriptures reer to this evil as Satanand his colleagues. Te intent o evil is tocause havoc and discord so that the seedso doubt about God are planted. Look at the evil caused by Hitler and Stalin.Look at the evil killings at Virginia ech, Aurora, Columbine, and Ft. Hood exas. Where is God in all o these tragedies?He begins the process o healing. He works on the hearts and minds o thegrieving instilling hope and renewedaith. He reaches out to people o good will to have them assist in the healing process by compassion, prayer, assistance,and i possible, by their presence. He may not be able to heal all the sorrow but he will do his best to ease the burden. He will touch the hearts and minds o theaficted. I apologize or this intrusion, butto write about Sandy Hook helps to easethe sorrow.
Letter to the Editor An appeal to Senator Lindsey Grahamand Senate Appointee Tim Scott
BY MARILYN BLIZARD