Your silence will not protect you. Do you think those 81-plus people, now lying dead and severely injured, in Ohio and Texas had voiced their dissatisfaction with the lack of gun control, with Trump’s incessant vitriolic hate speech against immigrants, against urban Americans, against anything that might incite his “base” to support him?

No. They, probably like you, have remained silent, having acquiesced to the bitter, hate-filled banter day in and day out. What was it once called, the “Silent Majority”? To quote Albert Einstein, “The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.”

The guy in Ohio killed and maimed 35 people in 30 seconds, 30 seconds with an assault weapon with a 100-round magazine capacity, which has no business being on America’s streets. He wasn’t hunting for food. He was hunting and killing Americans!

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed legislation requiring the sale and transfer of most guns with background checks, but Mitch McConnell will not let the U.S. Senate consider it. It’s not the be all, end all gun legislation, but it’s a start. Please call your senators and request that this legislation be brought to a vote Again, your silence will not protect you.

SUSAN SULLIVAN

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