To the Editor:
As I sit here on my deck in Knox on a spectacular Christmas Eve afternoon, my ears are pummeled with the sounds of rapid-fire gunshots off in the hills. It has been virtually non-stop since yesterday morning.
My suspicion is that these are newly acquired assault rifles purchased in the flurry of pre-Congressional action. Wayne LaPierre of the National Rifle Association has already offered his lobbying organization’s position so we probably will not see any meaningful legislation to halt the sale of these people-killing machines.
Our Congresspersons are more concerned with re-election and the effect that taking a stand may have on their ability to solicit contributions from the powerful NRA.
If we need to place armed guards at every school in America, we need to take a very serious look at the direction that our civilization is heading.
Are we heading for a Wild West attitude in every phase of our lives? Does everyone need to carry a sidearm for protection? Is this really where we are headed? This is not the advance of mankind; this is the decline of the civilization.