I have felt great sadness for the victims, families and cities which have suffered mass shootings. I have been to Gilroy, California; I have been to El Paso, Texas, but the latest one literally hit home. I was born and grew up in Dayton, Ohio. We raised our kids there.
The Oregon District in Dayton is a wonderful community where our son worked while he was attending college. We ate dinner in the restaurants and saw a movie at the theater there. My sister and I shopped for vintage earrings for my birthday there, and my neighbors sold their house and moved into a loft there. We felt perfectly safe, as, I am sure, the people who gathered for a good time there did on Saturday night until nine were shot and 27 injured by a 22-year old with an assault-style rifle in approximately 20 seconds.
The president wants us to believe that “Guns don’t kill; people do.” Of course, we need to do something to help those people with mental illness, and to keep guns out of their hands, but there needs to be gun control legislation to prevent anyone from buying the assault type of guns that are — not for hunting — not for target shooting — but have killed and wounded so many, in no time at all, over and over again. In Dayton, the shooter got off 41 shots in the less than 30 seconds that it took for the police to stop him. He was equipped to fire many, many more rounds before those first responders put their lives in danger to run toward the shooting and to stop him.
Please tell your legislators to ignore partisanship and the NRA and pass legislation to keep those assault-type guns out of the hands of anyone. Then, those who died or were wounded at Columbine, Sandy Hook First Grade, Margery Stoneman Douglas High School, Gilroy, El Paso, Dayton, and all the other scenes of violence by mass shooters, perhaps, will not have died in vain.