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Letters to the Editor — March 30, 2023

The problem: Three children and three adults killed in a shooting at a Christian school in Tennessee.

Despite the fact that my granddaughter is only eight months old and her baby cousin was born less than two weeks ago, I know it won’t be long before both of them are enrolled in primary school ( “Nashville school shoot massacre”, March 28).

I never worried about the gunshots ringing out when their parents were in 4th grade, but I do worry about the safety of my grandkids today.

Admittedly, talking about gun control can be complicated.

Yet I wonder how many more children have to die before lawmakers wake up and smell the gunpowder?

Once again, I urge the president to convene a summit at Camp David with NRA representatives, school officials and grieving parents.

It won’t be easy, but I’m confident they’ll eventually find some common ground to agree on. At least that’s my hope.

Denny Freidenrich

Laguna Beach, California.

Based on news reports and body camera footage, the Nashville police response to the Covenant School mass shooter was a classic example of exceptional bravery and commendable police work.

Their handling of this crisis is especially remarkable when compared to the miserable cowardice shown by law enforcement 10 months ago in Uvalde, Texas.

Lives have clearly been saved thanks to the quick thinking and decisive action of law enforcement from Nashville to Covenant.

Their excellent police work deserves to be commended.

Pierre Janoff

Stamford, Conn.

Protecting the lives of American citizens should be the government’s top priority.

This is not the case.

Republicans, to appease their supporters, are hiding behind the 232-year-old Second Amendment while mass murder is being committed almost daily.

It’s a pretty high price to pay for others to play.

While most gun owners are responsible citizens, some are not.

Our Supreme Court ignores the fact that the Second Amendment served its purpose in the 18th century, and now, in the 21st century, it goes against everything we hold dear and our lives.

Say nothing, do something – anything.

Bob Bascelli, Seaford

As semi-automatic weapons are once again used to kill innocent people, Congress must unite to ban their availability to all but the military and law enforcement.

Candidate Donald Trump can help in this endeavor by calling on his supporters to join the fight to keep these weapons out of the hands of average citizens.

This does not violate the Second Amendment.

The right to bear arms, like everything else, has its limits.

Mel Young

Boca Raton, Florida.

There seem to be school shootings and mass shootings every week.

If Congress doesn’t act on reasonable gun safety laws (like banning assault weapons), I think it should allow a national referendum.

The United States once banned assault weapons.

The law was approved almost 30 years ago.

But there was a sunset provision in the law, so the ban is no longer in effect.

Let the people decide if Congress will not act.

Paul Feiner


It’s a sad day in Nashville, Tennessee, where six people were killed by suspected shooter Audrey Hale, who was later shot dead by police.

Three young children and three adults were killed.

This emotionally disturbed person should not have been allowed to possess these weapons.

The shooting of children and adults must stop.

Congress needs to pass more gun control.

My heartfelt prayers go out to the parents who lost their children and to the relatives and friends of the adults who were killed for no reason.

Frederick R. Bedell, Jr.

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