Congressman Reed’s Empty Response

To The Reader’s Forum:

Congressman Reed’s empty response to the Parkland, Florida murders — “We must not take away Second Amendment rights” — endangers all Americans. The following letter was signed by over forty people gathered outside Tom Reed’s office on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018.

“We, the residents and voters of the 23rd Congressional District, call on Congressman Reed to lead the way and enact meaningful, common sense gun legislation. This would include, but not be limited to, 1) a minimum 14 day waiting period before purchasing a gun, 2) minimum age of purchase at 21, 3) a ban on bump stocks and cranks, 4) a background check for all sales and 5) registration of each firearm.

In a country where it is necessary to register a driver’s license, a car, a boat, a motorcycle, a scooter, a drone and a dog, Congress can no longer simply call mass murders a mental health or a political issue. America’s present lack of gun control is a domestic threat to every American.

Finally, and most important, the call for Meaningful Gun Legislation can no longer be an issue whose agenda is driven by the National Rifle Association nor is it any longer enough to simply send ‘thoughts and prayers to the families of innocent victims.’ Quoting Emma Gonzalez, a survivor of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School murders: “It is time to start doing something.”

Not one of the suggested legislation takes away Second Amendment rights.

Gary McCaslin