In the U.S. since 2008, mass shootings with greater than nine killed are San Bernadino, Calif., 14 dead; Ft. Hood, Texas, 13 dead; Sutherland Springs, Texas, 26 dead; Las Vegas, Nev., 59 dead, over 200 injured; Binghamton, N.Y., 13 dead; Newtown, Conn., 27 dead; Washington, D.C., 12 dead; Blacksburg, Va., 32 dead; Kinston, Ala., 10 dead; Orlando, Fla., 49 dead. Total gun-related homicides since 2011 — 57,820. The following statistics are brought to you by the NRA and its unflagging dedication to the principle that every American has the right to become the most destructive and efficient killing machine possible, and all those members of Congress and state government for their lack of courage to do what’s necessary and right just to keep their jobs. Would having much tougher gun laws have prevented any of these disasters? Maybe not, but it is pretty much a sure thing that the body count would be much smaller. For those of you who believe the Second Amendment is absolute, I assume that you believe the others are also absolute? Freedom of speech, religion and the press? No? Hmmm...
Chris Lowe, Nampa
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