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Another school shooting. My pain has now turned to anger! I come from a family of Republicans, some were in the Tea Party. They marched on Washington to defend their rights to own guns. They touted the Second Amendment. I am well versed in the right to own guns! Speaking of the Second Amendment, there were restrictions on guns when it was first adopted. Over the years the amendment was changed.

Personally, I have no problem with peaceful citizens owning guns for recreation and hunting. I do have a big problem with assault rifles! The ban on these weapons expired in 2004 and Congress was never able to pass a new ban. I would think that all of those paid off by the NRA are probably the reason for that. Speaking of which, U.S. Rep. John Katko takes money from the NRA. Seriously, why are politicians allowed to take money from organizations? I am also quite tired of hearing Katko send out thoughts and prayers to victims and families. Why does anyone need an assault rifle? These rifles were used in most of our country's mass murders. Why, because of the thrill, the adrenaline rush shooting off all of those rounds, killing many in the process. Yes, maybe these people would still commit these crimes but without assault rifles many would be spared.

Please, I don't want to hear the cliche that people kill people, guns don't kill people! Now Trump wants to jump on the mental health bandwagon. Funny, Trump undid the Obama rule that added mental illness to the gun check register. I have a problem with blaming mentally ill people for everything. Most people with mental illness are not violent. Also, mental health has become an industry. Everyone who experiences any form of depression, anxiety, etc. because of trauma they have experienced has been given a diagnosis. How do you pass any kind of restrictions on someone who is violent and deemed mentally ill when anyone that goes for help is diagnosed with some sort of mental health issue. Very scary.

I believe anyone who has threatened to or committed a violent act should be on that registry. Our country is full of hate right now. It is encouraged daily by the president. Wake up, America! You could be affected next.

Rochelle Nestlerode



Executive Editor