The Edmond Sun

December 21, 2012

LETTER: Assault weapons not needed


The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — To the Editor:

The shock and sorrow regarding the Newtown, Conn., school shootings permeates this household, as it does our nation. We are retired educators who deeply relate to the fallen staff, their students and their students’ families. We cannot, however, absorb the reality of murdering children and school staff going about the work of their day. Our plea is that federal lawmakers will embrace legislation to minimize the chances of this shooting happening again.

There is no threat to gun ownership in passing gun safety legislation. The Supreme Court has guaranteed protection for legitimate gun ownership.  Assault weapons’ only use can be to kill other human beings.  Often, shooters involved in such disasters are mentally ill and in need of medical care, not guns. For the safety of our communities these people need treatment, in the meantime their access to firearms must be prevented. Effective and thorough gun registration for all guns sold also should become mandatory. We are begging our congressional leadership to be a positive voice in eliminating assault weapons from private ownership.

We will be following our congressional delegation’s decisions on this particular issue, trusting that they will support legislation to ban assault weapons and make background checks universal.  We will do our part to raise awareness of the issues of violence, especially gun violence, so that our children and our schools can be places of learning without fear.

The time is now to take action.



Glenn L. Norris and Jo Anne C. Alexander

Edmond



GLENN L. NORRIS is a retired teacher and school administrator and Jo Anne C. Alexander is a teacher.