Is anyone swayed by a letter to the editor? I doubt it. But I could not dismiss the recent column by Gabrielle Giffords, a former congresswoman who was shot six years ago, exhorting us — again — to take gun violence seriously.
She writes: “We know, as always, that no one law could prevent a shooting like this (Steve Scalise and others in Alexandria, Va). But we also know that we must acknowledge a problem: an unacceptable rate of gun violence in this country. And we must acknowledge that a deadly problem like this brings a responsibility to find solutions. And that’s where we, as a nation, will need courage in abundance, as my former colleagues find the strength to recover from their wounds — and the bravery to try to make (more) shootings like this one less likely.”
Compelling, for sure; especially since she herself was a victim and still carries the wounds.
But even more stinging is a piece by Dan Thomasson that appeared in this paper two years ago. Says Thomasson, “In a galaxy far away and at some far distant time, historians contemplating a place called America on the planet Earth may find an astonishing mix of contrasts, where the most benign activities were strictly regulated (e.g. dog licenses, fishing licenses) while those with a potentially deadly outcome were treated as a sacred right.”
Threats against re-election of our so-called representatives (Mr. Thompson) seem to carry the day and the bought-and-paid-for gun lobby ultimately prevails.
Gina Leon, State College