Letter: Common sense absent from halls of Congress

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Common sense absent from halls of Congress

To the editor,

When I was growing up, my parents would always remind me to "use your common sense, David." Nothing is that difficult if you just use a little common sense. Today in America with our do-nothing partisan Congress, good old common sense left the building a long time ago.

When is enough, enough? How many people have to die before Congress takes some kind of action on gun control? If 50 isn't enough, is 100 the right number? How about 200? Maybe 500? What will it take for Congress to act?

"Common sense" tells me (and most Americans) that assault weapons are used for one purpose — to kill people. These are weapons of war that are best left in the hands of soldiers or law enforcement. Common sense tells me there is no need for a private citizen to own these weapons.

However, if for some insane reason people feel an overwhelming need to own one, common sense says let's at least make sure checks and balances are in place to ensure the potential owner is of sound mind and not a terrorist.

I've been told that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. This is what happens in Washington on a weekly basis. What causes good, ethical, law-abiding people to lose their common sense when they get elected to Congress? Does the power and money in Washington cause their common sense to simply disappear?

Common sense tells me (and most Americans) that money and powerful lobbies have taken over Washington and made our voice of reason silent. Common sense also tells me that the only weapon we have in this fight against terror with this do nothing Congress is the power of our vote.

In this election cycle, use your vote, and your common sense, to vote all the incumbent bums in Congress out of office. It's time that Congress started representing real Americans, and not the lobbyists and special interests.

Dave Field, Becket


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