To the editor: “I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and constitutions. But laws and institutes must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind as it becomes more developed, more enlightened. As new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change, with the change of circumstances. Institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors.”

If the time we are living in now isn’t a change of circumstance, I have no idea what a change would look like. I’m sure that the author of the quote would view us in dire need of a change in our constitution.

Here are some numbers to contemplate: 2016=382, 2017=346, 2018=340, as of August 4, 2019=251. Total =1,319. And that is the number of mass shootings that the United States of America has endured since the count began.

That does not include the shootings with only a few victims. Almost 9,000 people have been killed by guns in this country this year and by the time you read this — it may very easily be passed that. If 9,000 babies had been killed in stroller accidents this year, would those strollers still be on the shelves at Walmart? About 26 children a year die from furniture falling over on them, and furniture manufacturers, retailers and legislatures are rightly addressing the situation. We’ll protect 26, but not 9,000 people?

We cannot be so ridiculously obtuse that we continue to refuse to address the elephant in the room. We have the capability to fix any law that has become so outdated as to be a burden to society. Our founding fathers made sure of that. It’s why women can vote and why you can have beer with your crabs.

You’ve heard it before. We need common sense gun laws. No one is saying you can’t bag a deer to feed your family. Growing up, my family ate because of hunting. The difference is that when I was young, I could see a movie and not be afraid that an idiot would bring a machine gun into the theater. Not anymore.

If you won’t listen to me, perhaps you’ll listen to Thomas Jefferson. He’s the author of the quote above.

Deborah Hardy


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