Letter: Thoughts and prayers are not enough

To The Editor,

By now you have heard the sad but all too familiar news of another mass school shooting. This is the 18th school shooting of the year and it’s only February. It seems that our politicians only response to these horrific acts of violence is to offer thoughts and prayers to the victims and their families. While thoughts and prayers are well intended, it is action that is needed to prevent these tragedies. No child in this country should ever worry about being shot at school. No parent, for that matter, should ever have to worry if their son or daughter will return home safely from their school day.

The second amendment states, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” The key phrase in that clause is “well regulated”. We need to elect legislators in Harrisburg and Washington, D.C. that will work to enact universal background checks and ban the sale of high capacity firearms. Two pieces of legislation that the NRA is firmly against. Its time that we take on the NRA and those that take their money! If not us, then who? If not now, then when? The time for action is now!


Brian J. McGinnis

Chairman, Chester County Democratic Committee

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