Our cowardly Congress complicit in gun massacres
To the editor:
Like everyone else, I was horrified and deeply saddened by the atrocity in Orlando. It also made me extremely angry.
How many more of these slaughters do we have to endure? Trump, ignoramus that he is, intimated that somehow President Obama was complicit in this. No. The Congress of the United States of America is complicit.
Though I don't own a gun, I believe in Second Amendment rights. Some people like to hunt, own heirloom firearms or simply have a joy in shooting. I have no problem with responsible gun owners.
But the Founding Fathers would be horrified to know that their words have been used to justify ownership of weapons capable of firing 800 rounds per minute whose only purpose is to kill human beings. One would think that after Newtown, something would be done, but Congress is too craven to act. In fact, it is worse than this. Senators are simply bought and paid for by the NRA.
Background checks are clearly not the answer. Only official events like a felony conviction or a psychiatric admission are considered. There is no way to screen for the person who recently becomes insane. The perfect example of this is Wayne Lo.
I demand that Congress immediately makes assault rifles illegal. There could be a fair buy-back provision for those who own them. Thereafter it should be made a felony to own these guns with a severe mandatory jail sentence. This simply must be done or else, obviously, these atrocities will continue.
We have various symbols of courage in our nation: Marines, special ops forces or individuals who have overcome serious disabilities. Congress has now become the symbol of cowardice, deserving only of ridicule and scorn.
Stephen E. Tracy, M.D., Lee, The author was the emergency physician on duty during the Wayne Lo massacre at Simon's Rock College of Bard in Great Barrington in 1992. Two people were killed and four injured.