Doesn’t a child’s right to life trump right to own assault rifles?

To the editor:

The first official document produced by a group of rebellious British colonists living in North America, The Declaration of Independence, dated July 4, 1776, says that the right of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness has been given to all human beings by their creator. When I heard yet of another mass killing in a Florida high school, my eyes teared up because I always remember the day when so many little children, mostly 5- and 6-year-olds, along with six brave teachers, were brutally murdered in Sandy Hook, Connecticut. Makes me wonder, as a father, what has happened to the precious God-given rights of these little ones to — life itself? For that matter, all people? Is the so-called right to hold and bear arms so much more important than the right to live?

I realize our democracy is for sale today by certain greedy politicians who are sometimes given millions of dollars by special-interest lobbyists to promote their agendas. These agendas rarely help the American people, in general. Their purpose is usually based on corporate greed and special favors. After all the mass killings, you hear some politicians say, “Oh how sad, but now is not the time to talk about gun control.” They like to say, “We send our thoughts and prayers.” Nice thoughts, but this country needs common-sense gun laws now!

On Sunday, on St. Charles Street in Jasper, I had the honor to meet and listen to some intelligent and action-oriented individuals associated with a group called ONE-DC. They have suggested common-sense gun laws. I strongly recommend our politicians pay attention to these community leaders. This group has given me great hope that their expressions of love and concern for our children, our families, our communities and our nation will produce a better and safer society for all of America in the future. With their leadership showing the way, I sincerely pray that these devastating mass shootings will never happen again.

I recently saw an article that exclaimed, “Guns don’t kill people; People with guns kill people. Taking away assault rifles will make it harder for people to kill people.”

—Dan Barrett

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