How many people have to die before Congress decides that protecting those of us who live in the country that elected them is more important than placating the gun lobby?
My family was very much touched by gun violence. As I have mentioned before, my Uncle was murdered almost 47 years ago by someone who stole the payroll that he was about to dispense to his employees. The real crime here is that in almost 47 years, nothing has changed. A person can still purchase a gun without much difficulty and use that gun to murder innocent people. What are we waiting for? It is incumbent upon all of us to write our congressional representatives and tell them that enough is enough.
I have heard from many gun enthusiasts over the years, and they tell me the same thing: It's not guns that kill people, it's people who kill people. I always answer: It's people with guns who kill people. If members of Congress choose to do nothing, then they are as guilty as the person who takes a gun and decides to go on a killing spree. Perhaps our representatives who choose to do nothing to protect U.S. citizens should be put on trial for Murder! WRITE TO YOUR CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATIVE TODAY.
The following article is from CNN:
Ten people were killed when a gunman opened fire at Oregon's Umpqua Community College on Thursday, forcing the nation to face yet another mass shooting.
Seven other people were injured, and the shooter is dead, Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin told reporters. Earlier estimates had put the number of people hurt much higher.
Multiple law enforcement officials familiar with the investigation identified the gunman as 26-year-old Chris Harper Mercer. Investigators have interviewed members of his family and friends, they said.
"I will not name the shooter," Hanlin said. "I will not give him the credit he probably sought."
Authorities credited a quick response by law enforcement for keeping the death toll from climbing higher.
A law enforcement official said the shooter had body armor with him and was heavily armed, with a large amount of ammunition -- enough for a prolonged gunfight.
Hanlin said tactical teams and bomb squads had cleared the buildings on campus and were working to clear hundreds of vehicles parked on campus.
Cassandra Welding is a student at the Roseburg campus and was in class when the shooting started.
"I heard a popping noise, almost like a balloon popping," she told CNN's Wolf Blitzer. "I knew something wasn't right and so I get down."
She said all of the students in her classroom dropped to the ground. They huddled together behind backpacks and chairs, underneath tables.
"We locked the doors, turned off the lights, and we were all pretty much in panic mode," Welding said.
"We called 911 and called our parents, our loved ones ... We didn't know what was going to happen, if those were our last words or not."