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Editor, the Advocate:

It seems every time there is a tragic event where lives are lost, the Democrats find a way to capitalize on it.

In recent days, the DNC sent an email signed by former Rep. Gabby Giffords to supporters urging them to donate to the DNC and Giffords’ PAC. She is seeking donations for the fight to “prevent gun violence and save lives.” All of this seems to be a noble act, but in reality it is not. There motto seems to be “Never let a tragedy go to waste.” Strike while the iron is hot!

The reality of these tragic events in Missouri, Ohio and Texas are very hard to overlook. One could say they are copycat or the perpetrator wanted to do something more horrific than the last guy. Whatever the motive happens to be, the gun did not do this on its own, same as an automobile wreck that takes lives; it’s not the automobile’s fault.

Mental illness needs to be looked at in this country. There are not enough facilities to address this issue. We should push our elected officials to fund this ASAP. Moral decay is a big factor of this behavior as well, little or no parental guidance, no prayer in school. The media needs to downplay these acts, no pictures, names or manifestos, no glamorization of the perpetrator. Just info as to whether arrested or otherwise.

For one to believe that passing a law to make certain type of guns illegal will stop the problem, you need to look around at all the jails that are full of people that have broken the law. Why do you think a person that wants to commit a mass shooting will follow the law? All this will do is make criminals out of law-abiding citizens.

If new laws will fix the problem, how about one that regulates social media sites that promote these kind of thoughts from being published on the internet and other social media formats? Put more teeth in the so-called “red-flag” law that has to be handed down by a judge for it to be enforced if you show emotional instability and own firearms that should be confiscated. Make it the law across the country. Use a common-sense approach, not a knee-jerk reaction.

Daylon Magnia, Victoria

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Glen or Janice Ullman

You want to call Democrats trying to address gun violence capitalizing with a knee jerk reaction. Well the knee jerked over 200 deaths back. The Republican’s knees are at the NRA’s feet and they will not stand up. It takes two things for gun violence - people and a gun. Both need to be addressed.

You should not compare automobile deaths with gun violence. A car can kill without a person causing it - tires blowout and brakes can fail. Maybe inspections are required for a reason.

Assault weapons and large capacity magazines have no place in a civilized society. They were designed for war to inflict the most damage in the shortest amount of time. There are people with mental or emotional issues who need to be identified and helped (Healthcare another problem with nothing being done). But there is also fear and hatred in our country which needs to be addressed. Whatever happen to treat others as you would like to be treated?

What amazes me the most is gun right advocates acceptance of the gun violence in our country. Their answer to a problem is to do nothing. They are afraid a fundamental not absolute constitutional right might be limited for the safety of citizens. I wonder how gun right advocates would feel if this carnage happen to their loved ones? Would they still do nothing? And don’t tell me your gun would protect your loved one. You can not be with them 24 hours a day.

And do not tell me to pray. I have been praying for years. God told me you have a brain, now use it.

Janice Ullman

Pat Tally

Thank you. That is real common sense.

Michael Gomez

Commonsense ,in my opinion, does not just blame one political party and forget about the NRA’s hold on the Republican Party.

Commonsense does not leave out easy access to guns, white supremacist terrorist groups,and angry young men.

Common sense would put extra scrutiny on the person buying a 100-round drum, body armor and weapons that can kill or injure in a little amount of time.

Every country in the world has mental illness and their citizens play video games but they do not have easy access to weapons of war.

We don’t have an answer because one side blames the other, preventing them to sit down and work out the bottlenecks.

Douglas Josef Halepaska

Very good Michael

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