, Newburyport, MA

February 5, 2013

Put assault weapons ban to a vote

Newburyport Daily News

---- — To the editor:

As I read the newspapers daily, I am becoming more and more astounded with what I perceive has become within our democracy of the best government money can buy. Pointedly, the NRA by demonstratively cajoling by financial infusion or through subliminal or non-financial support of our democratically elected politicians and now henceforth death, from assault weapons, with their 30-round ammo clips on our school campuses and in our movie theaters.

I ask what real basis for need comes from these carnage weapons. Hunting, no, self-defense, no, target shooting, get another hobby; weapons designed for human killing and war only.

I implore of our bought and sold elected officials to get off your duffs, do the right thing and declare it a (public health emergency) to invoke an outright ban on these multi-round clips. Expediency must take place here. For if one assault weapon or 30-round ammo clip does not make it to market, possibly Columbine, Aurora, Sandy Hook, Tucson will not come to fruition. Politics, rhetoric, and hyperbole aside, politicians should do their job. And give us all the serenity to go to the movies and protect our children.

I evoke what do other countries do in regards to this issue. In compromise, I would support a national referendum vote on this public health initiative and henceforth compel of our elected servants to vote as we the people decide.

Steve H. Nichols