Letter: When will government step up and protect us from gun violence?


On November 5, 2017, 26 people were killed in a Texas church by a man with a gun.

The government works very hard to protect us from pollutants in the air and water; we search for answers on how to protect professional football players from concussions; we constantly strive to make automobiles safer for those that drive them; we regulate the amount of alcohol one can have in the bloodstream before being declared legally intoxicated and unsafe to drive.

In other words, Congress and regulatory bodies have worked hard to make the environment in which we live a safer place to live, work, and play.

However, the federal government seems unwilling to protect the citizens of the United States from gun violence. Why? The Second Amendment is usually given as the reason.

For much of our history we have had gun control measures. However, in only the last half of the 20th century that changed with new interpretations of the Second Amendment.

We are allowed to own guns without limits on the number or the amount of ammunition that can be fired from the weapon. We own guns not only for sport hunting but also guns specifically designed to kill fellow members of the human race.

There are violent events that even the government can’t protect us from -- volcanoes, hurricanes, wildfires, floods, etc.. Are guns considered disasters we can’t do anything about?

When will it become the appropriate time to give the public the same protection from gun violence that we protect the public from auto accidents, the environment we live in, the homes we reside in, and the offices we work in, the food we eat, and infectious diseases we are exposed to.

Bob Richards



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lostone1413 1 year, 3 months ago

It's called A Bill Of RIGHTS not A Bill Of Privileges I for one will keep my GUns and stay armed 24/7 It's your job to have the ways and means to protect your family and yourself not the Governments


centurion75 1 year, 3 months ago

Who is lostone1413? Just another empty-headed gun nut. What bothers me is when level-headed, commonsense legislation is proposed, they immediately shriek that the gov't is "going to take all our guns!" I support the 2nd amendment.... and I'm getting pretty tired of hearing such nonsense from these fanatics. Get a grip lostone - No one is going to take your precious guns.


lostone1413 1 year, 3 months ago

How can you support the 2nd amendment when you don't have a clue as to what it says?


rikkip48 1 year, 3 months ago

Guns don't kill people! People kill people!


IzzatSo 1 year, 3 months ago

"The government works very hard to protect us from pollutants in the air and water"... Well that was true until Trump and Zinke and Price and Perry decided that corporate profits were more important than clean air and water. Choke on that.


lostone1413 1 year, 3 months ago

I take you have never looked at the sky and seen how much they are spraying or the water how bad its polluted Now for the Shocker This was going on way before Trump. Oh by the way what have the dumbocraps done to clean anything up?????