Friday February 23, 2018
Politicians backed by National Rifle Association determined to do nothing.
We have heard the pallid words before. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims." "It's not the right time to speak about guns." "Existing laws are not enforced." "It's the mentally ill, not ordinary people, who commit such shootings."
This sad state of affairs reflects cowardice among our elected officials in Washington and Harrisburg. The vast majority of Americans favor sensible gun laws including background checks and limits on sales of certain types of military-grade weaponry. However, our politicians, almost all from the Republican Party, are both addicted to and scared of the National Rifle Association. Need proof? In early 2017, the GOP-controlled House of Representatives voted without any hearings to overturn a rule designed to keep weapons out of the hands of certain people deemed mentally ill.
If politicians receive a grade of "A" from the NRA, rest assured they'll continue to share their "thoughts and prayers" the next time tragedy strikes. Just don't expect action.
Schwenksville, Montgomery County
'Thoughts and prayers' don't address problem