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Stop pussyfooting about gun control

It was 2:45 p.m. on Dec. 14 when I first heard news of the tragedy. I had just finished my work week and was looking forward to the weekend, as so many of us do. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. How could someone enter a “secure” facility and slaughter 20 young children and six adults?

I have been a teacher for 20 years. I’m employed by St. Mark’s School and have taught there for 13 years. My colleagues and I have been to numerous seminars that instructed us on what to do in a crisis situation. How could anyone ever fathom facing a situation such as this one?

It’s time to stop pussyfooting about gun control. Our forefathers granted us the right to bear arms. At the time, I’m certain the right was considered a necessary evil; one sanctioned so that a person could defend oneself against an armed enemy. The times have changed and too many people have taken this right beyond the limits of what was intended.

I can’t imagine the grief that all of those involved are going through. There is an answer to this problem, and it must be addressed soon. We must somehow restrict the ease with which someone can procure weapons.

C’mon politicians, do your job. Stop kowtowing to special interest groups and move to amend gun control legislation. If you don’t act, what school will be next in the chaotic cascade of carnage?

Matthew E. Derr

Amherst