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Letter: Press lawmakers for action on gun control

5:24 PM, Jan. 2, 2013  |  Comments
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In our last letter to the editor written the day after President Barack Obama's re-election, we referenced the need to "consider common sense gun control, like banning public access to the kind of semi-automatic assault rifle, designed for warfare."

After the indescribably horrific shooting at an elementary school in Connecticut, we not only need to "consider common sense gun control," we need to demand it. Political action needs to take place. Only our elected officials can act to stop this evil.

President Obama said, "As a country, we have been through this too many times." He called for "meaningful action." We need to hold him and our elected officials accountable in this regard.

Gun violence needs to stop! The easy availability of guns needs to stop! The powerful National Rifle Association and its big-time money hold our politicians hostage. This has got to stop!

Right here in Wisconsin in 2011, we passed a concealed weapons bill. Former Sen. Pam Galloway from our area led the charge on that bill; it was then passed by our legislature and signed into law by our Republican governor.

When will our politicians stand up and do what is right? It will only happen when we, their constituents, demand it. All the letters to the editor mean nothing if we don't communicate with our politicians and DEMAND they act to stop this violence in our country.

Martin Luther King, Jr., was quoted as saying, "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that really matter." Violence matters. Innocent lives matter. Contact your elected representatives because only they can be agents of change.

Elio and Laurie Pascutti

Stevens Point

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