Letter: So much for the 'Right to Life'

This country was founded under the following principle: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: That all men are created equal and endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

What happened to these rights for the 58-innocent people murdered in Las Vegas? The rights of the innocent children murdered in Sandy Hook? The rights of the innocent young adults at the Pulse Night Club in Orlando or the parishioners at Emmanuel A.M.E. church in Charleston?

Who will be there to defend your right to life, liberty and happiness when the next crazy person with easy access to killing machines decides to exercise his right to use them? Certainly not the NRA or the Republican politicians who do their bidding.

In this “gun crazy culture” called America, we average a mass murder of some level every day of the year. The total direct and indirect costs of gun violence in our country is over $220 billion per year.

We could learn from Australia which imposed strict regulation of firearms after a mass murder in 1996. Since then, they have not had one mass murder by guns and yet, farmers, ranchers and hunters can register and own the guns they need and the rest of their citizens can live without fear.

Put yourself in the shoes of the parent, spouse or child who must endure this unbearable loss.

Larry Hodgden


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