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August 28, 2015

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Letter to the editor:

U.S. should ban assault weapons

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Soon, America will find out what the most powerful voice in the country is: the lobbyists for the National Rifle Association or the conscience of the American people? Americans have to begin to realize that taking away assault weapons today does not mean that handguns will be taken away tomorrow.

The president cannot, on his own, take away anything. It is called checks and balances. The executive branch has but one-third of the power to make a decision of this magnitude.

We cannot, as a civilized society, continue to sit back and wait for the next tragic slaughter of many innocent men, women and children. Taking away assault weapons is no guarantee that there will not be other tragedies down the road, but it is worth the try.

Chances are the deranged individual who slaughtered people at Sandy Hook Elementary School could not have gained access to the weapons he used if his mother had not purchased them.

I have no idea why she felt a need for the weapons, but it was not to hunt squirrels or shoot innocent children multiple times. Enough is enough.

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