To the editor:
Silence is not an option, and the time to end it is now. In September 2004, Congress allowed the 10-year-old Assault Weapons Ban to expire. Since then, many deaths have come as a result of allowing this ban to expire. The time is now for Congress to have the courage to revisit ... revise ... and renew the Assault Weapons Ban, which for a decade helped prevent misuse of weapons designed for military combat. This is not a new approach, and in a past Congress, the ban passed with bipartisan support.
With the massacre of lives and the injures to hundreds in Las Vegas, it is unconscionable and heartless that our leaders only respond with silence, thoughts, prayers and Biblical quotes. The White House pretentiously announces that this is not the right time to have a discussion of gun violence. If not now, tell me when!
Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut speaks through the silence:
"It is positively infuriating that my colleagues in Congress are so afraid of the gun industry that they pretend there aren't public policy responses to this epidemic. There are, and the thoughts and prayers of politicians are cruelly hollow if they are paired with continued legislative indifference. It's time for Congress to get off its ass and do something."
It seems to me that if our leaders remain silent and do nothing about gun violence, we need to ask if they are indeed complicit to such violence. Even if a ban saves one life or limits injury, it is essential to revisit and renew such an Assault Weapons Ban.
It is beyond my comprehension, and I am outraged by the lack of response by our federal lawmakers. It is time for Congress to get off its ass and do something.
The Rev. Kenneth R. Storck