Letter to the Editor: Marietta Daily Journal – After Las Vegas, nothing will change

Originally published on October 12, 2017

DEAR EDITOR:

I would like to say that enough is enough, but I know better. As I write this letter, 59 lives have been cut short by a maniac in Las Vegas with both the desire and the means to pull off a mind-boggling massacre. Hundreds lay in hospitals, ripped apart by a madman’s bullets, clinging to life. The body count will surely grow.

We can’t restrict desire, but we can restrict means. But we won’t. If the little bodies of first-graders in Newtown, Connecticut, aren’t enough to motivate action on keeping weapons of mass destruction, yes mass destruction, out of the hands of those hell-bent on destroying people, then nothing will.

 Sure, our politicians will look somber. They will look sad. They will tweet their condolences. They will offer their thoughts. They will offer their prayers. And they will do nothing — absolutely nothing. Nothing will change. We will just wait for the next massacre. And the one after that. And the one after that. And the one after that. And we will hope that our faces, or our loved one’s faces, don’t become the faces that flash before a TV screen as the latest quickly forgotten victim of a massacre made accessible by our American gun lust and the unwillingness to exercise reasonable self government.

We as a society can’t restrict desire. But as a society, we can restrict means. I imagine the responses this letter inspires will illustrate why we won’t. Remember this when the next massacre happens. As it surely will.

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