It's time to address the mass murder of American citizens

Nov. 12, 2017 at 3:42 p.m.

Editor, the Advocate:

Mass shootings that took place between 1999 and 2017 in the United States:

• 1999 Columbine - 13 dead

• 1999 Atlanta - 12 dead

• 1999 Fort Worth - 6 dead

• 2002 Washington, D.C. - 10 dead

• 2003 Chicago - 6 dead

• 2004 Birchwood, Wis. - 6 dead/2 wounded

• 2005 Brookfield, Wis. - 7 dead

• 2006 Nickel Mines, Pa. - 5 dead/6 wounded

• 2007 Virginia Tech - 32 dead/15 wounded

• 2007 Delaware State University - 3 dead/1 wounded

• 2007 Omaha - 9 dead/5 wounded

• 2007 Carnation, Wash. - 6 dead

• 2008 Northern Illinois University - 5 dead/16 wounded

• 2008 South Mountain Community College, Phoenix - 3 dead

• 2008 Alger, Wash. - 6 dead/2 wounded

• 2008 University of Central Arkansas - 2 dead/1 wounded

2008 Covina, Calif. - 9 dead

• 2009 Alabama - 10 dead

• 2009 North Carolina - 8 dead

• 2009 Santa Clara, Calif. - 6 dead

• 2009 Hampton University, Virginia - 3 dead

• 2009 Binghamton, N.Y. - 13 dead

• 2009 Texas Southern University - 6 dead

• 2009 Fort Hood - 13 dead/42 wounded

• 2010 University of Alabama - 3 dead/3 wounded

• 2011 Tucson - 6 dead/12 wounded

• 2012 Aurora, Colo. - 12 dead/58 wounded

• 2012 Oak Creek, Wis. - 6 dead

2012 Sandy Hook - 27 dead

• 2013 Santa Monica - 5 dead

• 2013 Washington, D.C. - 13 dead/3 wounded

• 2014 Isla Vista, Calif. - 7 dead

• 2014 Fort Hood - 3 dead/16 wounded

• 2015 Chattanooga - 5 dead/3 wounded

• 2015 Colorado Springs - 3 dead/9 wounded

• 2015 Charleston - 9 dead

• 2015 Roanoke - 2 dead/1 wounded

• 2015 Roseburg, Ore. - 9 dead/9 wounded

• 2015 San Bernardino - 14 dead/22 wounded

• 2016 Orlando - 49 dead/58 wounded

• 2017 Las Vegas - 58 dead/515 wounded

• 2017 Sutherland Springs - 26 dead/20 wounded

It's time for pro-gun advocates, pro-gun control advocates, gun and ammunition manufacturers, gun show promoters, the NRA, law enforcement, federal and state agencies including the FBI and ATF, the mental health profession, the U.S. Congress and the Executive Branch to initiate a collective effort to address the mass murder of innocent American citizens at the hands of disturbed individuals equipped with deadly weapons.

America has seen too many children, grandchildren, sisters, brothers, mothers, fathers, grandparents, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and friends taken away by senseless violence.

It's time!

Mike Laza, Victoria


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