Letter to the Editor

NRA, Trump and guns

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Another school massacre and our president responds: MORE GUNS! We should train and arm 20 percent of teachers he says. Our U.S. public school system currently employs over 3 million teachers. Using the math, that would create 600,000 potential new customers for gun manufacturers. It’s not surprising that the president’s solution is almost identical to earlier statements made by NRA president Wayne LaPierre. This would add to the 300 million guns already in private ownership in the U.S. Even a very weak proposal of increasing the age limit from 18 to 21 for purchase of long guns was deemed unacceptable by the NRA. The idea of banning sale of the AR-15-type rifles was not even mentioned by the president. This military designed weapon has only one explainable use — to kill people. It makes no sense to claim hunting or target shooting is a significant legitimate use for the weapon. Mass shootings have become so common they often get little press coverage, Since Sandy Hook in 2012 there have actually been 1,600 mass shootings in the U.S. That is almost one per day.

It’s a statistical fact that more guns equate to more homicides. The U.S. has 5 percent of the world’s population but 42 percent of the world’s private gun ownership (Currently 300 million guns). Gun homicides in the U.S. are 29.7 per million persons. Canada’s rate is 5.1, Germany’s is 1.9 per million of population.

Many teachers have responded to the idea saying they would resign if their school adopted the program saying it would create more problems than it would solve

America’s youth may be the answer. Thoughts and prayers offered by our political leadership has not satisfied our youngsters. Their marches demanding action not words, are putting new pressures on our administration that is hard to ignore. They deserve to be listened to, their lives are at stake.

Robert Sneitzer, Spirit Lake