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The violence and failures of Parkland should never be forgotten. While the media plays people's emotions and they jump on the emotional bandwagon brandishing their hanging ropes for the NRA, another killer marches on claiming 27 lives per day — drugs! Most of which are courtesy of big drug companies.

In 2016 we had 38,000 deaths due to firearms and nearly 60,000 deaths due to drugs. But, people rail against the NRA and its affiliates accusing them of having "blood on their hands." People and politicians are screaming for more laws to prevent this from happening again. If laws worked then the SAFE Act would be working in Syracuse, reducing gun crime, but it's not. Criminals and deranged people do not heed the law; if they did we would not have the need for most laws.

In 2015 Hillary Clinton accepted $336,416 from Big Pharma for her campaign. In 2016 $152 million was spent by Big Pharma to influence legislation. Big Pharma has two lobbyists for every member of Congress! In 2017 over $250 million was spent by Big Pharma in political contributions.

The parents of children that have fallen victim to drugs had the same love, hopes, dreams and expectations for their children as the parents of children in Parkland! Their anguish is no less than that of other parents suffering the loss of a child. All too often the issue of drugs has hit home in our area and New York state.

People and politicians are so polarized in the beliefs that they cannot effectively communicate any solid solutions. New laws cannot prevent or legislate greed or evil in anyone's heart. Politicians need to step back away from contributions and get to the root cause of both issues. For someone to criticize a politician for accepting NRA money and not for accepting Big Pharma money is hypocritical at the very least.

The basis for many laws is to protect us from ourselves, not an inanimate object. In the meantime our country is being robbed of its youth, parents of their children and possibly the nation's future. We have experienced a societal and cultural shift the past few decades and not for the better; it may take the same amount of time to get us back where we need to be.

Tom Adessa