Unavoidable questions

Dear Editor,

In light of the recent and unspeakably horrific events in Las Vegas, as well as the shamefully numerous additional mass shooting events in our great nation’s recent history, the following questions clearly need to be asked of those in power:

Do you think everyone should have unfettered access to semi-automatic and automatic assault weapons? High-capacity magazines? Silencers? Armor-piercing bullets?

Should those on the terrorist “watch list” and “no-fly list” be permitted to purchase guns? How about those with a history of serious mental illness?

Should individuals be able to bypass the requirement for background checks for purchasing guns by buying them at gun shows or online?

Apparently the GOP, funded with millions of dollars by their NRA and other gun lobby backers, would answer all of these questions with a resounding “yes” given the policies which they have pushed for years and continue to champion even now.

Would changes in any of these policies infringe in any way upon the rights of responsible gun owners? Is it possible they might help to reduce the likelihood, number, and lethality of such mass shooting incidents in the future, thus saving innocent lives? And if even one life could be saved, what would be the justification for not pursuing such changes?

Given the frightening frequency with which these terrifying events occur, when exactly will the “right time” be to discuss and seriously consider taking actions which could reduce the number of innocent lives so suddenly and needlessly ended in incidents such as these?

What do you think?

Respectfully submitted,

Dale E. Buonocore,