Letter: Join rally to reinstate assault weapons ban

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This May marks my sixth Mother’s Day as a mom. Each year since my daughter was born, raising a child in America has become more terrifying due to escalating gun violence. May is kindergarten enrollment season — a time to gather medical records, read the school handbook and imagine dropping my daughter in front of a school building and driving away. For most parents, this simple action becomes more difficult with each mass shooting.

This May also marks the first anniversary of the Buffalo and Uvalde mass shootings, in which 10 and 21 people, respectively, were shot and killed with assault rifles. According to a study published in The Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, mass shooting fatalities are 70% less likely with the assault weapons ban in place. These remarketed weapons of war are uniquely designed to kill people. Rounds from an assault-style weapon are “almost unsurvivable” for children, according to physicians.

My wife knows I usually want flowers for Mother’s Day. This year, I do not want plants, sweets or a card. I want sensible gun laws to keep my child and loved ones safe. I am calling on all parents to join me and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America volunteers in urging Congress to reinstate the assault weapons ban. Join me at Pack Square on May 13 at 10 a.m. to show Congress we are fed up and join the movement to end gun violence.

— Keverlee Burchett


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2 thoughts on “Letter: Join rally to reinstate assault weapons ban

  1. C-Law

    So strange to hear how paralyzingly fearful people like the letter writer are…just tragic.

    That’s what happens when you incentivize the removal of strong, brave, rational males protector/hunter/warriors from your families.

    You end up with fearful beta-chucks and fearful women pretending that they can be powerful men literally begging “daddy” big government to step in and tell them what to do and how to live.

    What a deplorable and depressing mental state to live in…shackled by fear and anxiety based on nothing real or rational, entirely a creation of a cowardly and stunted personality.

    • Phillip Williams

      Note how all of the anti-2A folks leave out many facts – like the small percentage of people who are killed with “assault rifles” – the huge percentage of gun deaths that result from suicide, usually committed with handguns – and the large percentage of homicides that 1) are the result of criminal violence, often between competing gangs and 2) are also committed mostly with handguns and garden-variety rifles and shotguns.

      It seems to me that the rank and file anti-gun folks truly believe that gun deaths will decline “if only” they can ban the “assault rifles” – but for the higher echelons, they know devilish well what they are about – if they can ban or severely restrict those scary assault weapons, then they will have a framework on which to hang future bans once they “discover” that banning the “black rifles” just wasn’t enough….

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