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January 2, 2013

Letter: We need action on gun control

To the editor:

The National Rifle Association, using Wayne LaPierre as its messenger, set out to sell American citizens a bill of goods and judging from the increase in gun sales they have accomplished their goal. Gun sales are sky-rocketing. They have managed, through their inflammatory rhetoric and fear mongering to convince American citizens that they must protect themselves against the federal government. Do these gullible brainwashed citizens really believe that no matter how well they arm themselves they can defend themselves against the might of our military forces?

Instead of trying to find ways to stop the indiscriminate killing of innocent children and teachers by enforcing laws that would prohibit or curtail the use of military-type automatic weapons from getting into the hands of unstable people, the NRA followers are buying and making guns more available. What we need at this time is fewer guns, not more if we want to reduce unnecessary death and violence.

The American people have been misguided and distracted by false messaging which purports that all guns be banned. That is not true. Gun owners should be allowed to own and keep their guns after proper registration and background checks are approved. Many may say that it’s too late; too many guns are already out there. It does sound like an insurmountable task, but considering the high amount of deaths caused by guns in this country, for the safety of ourselves and our fellow Americans we should be willing to use every sensible idea or possible way to cut down on gun violence. For the sake of our children and their future shouldn’t we at least try?

Rosalie Sedita

Boxford

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