Letter: America, we have a problem, and it’s called guns

Letter: America, we have a problem, and it’s called guns

Thank you, Westerly Sun, for voicing our sensible state leaders’ gun concerns in the articles published on Friday, March 2, “We owe it to the families to talk about gun issues,” by Peter Kilmartin, Rhode Island attorney general, and on Sunday, March 4, “It’s time to get serious about gun control,” by Gov. Gina Raimondo, with Shannon Saglio’s great letter “Parkland students teaching us a civics lesson” on Saturday, March 3, in between.

Paraphrasing Apollo 13 Astronauts, “America, we have a problem,” and it’s called guns. We don’t live in a monarchy, but our fake news king, President Trump, proposes adopting the plan of Wayne LaPierre, National Rifle Association vice president, and arming teachers — a fake solution to a real problem. No collusion? Teachers packing heat in elementary and high schools ... what could go wrong?

Americans deserve to see the two colluders’ tax returns to learn their income from gun manufacturers. The Parkland, Fla., high school students have every right to wonder if there are any adults left in the room as they show more maturity and thoughtfulness than our GOP-led Congress that is paralyzed by NRA contributions to move beyond the empty thoughts and prayers non-solution.

It’s been nearly 20 years since the April 20, 1999, Columbine High School massacre and congressional action beyond thoughts and prayers is limited to letting the assault-weapons ban expire in 2004.

Somebody’s working hard, but it’s not the GOP Congress. Have we finally reached Winston Churchill’s poignant, “You can always count on Americans to do the right thing, after they’ve tried everything else” stage?

Hey America, Rhode Island and Florida’s Parkland high school students are showing you the way out of this national nightmare. Let’s stop being the dysfunctional “American family” we’ve been for the past couple decades.

Jay Lustgarten



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