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Reader Opinion: Something must change

Most of the victims of gun violence in this country have no power, no prestige and no privilege to fight back with.

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Uvalde is another sad situation where we shake our heads and wonder why. A situation that calls for multifaceted approaches to find a solution. No single silo approach will work. An approach that must have some “reasonable” gun limitations. The writers of the Second Amendment surely did not have military style assault weapons and extended capacity magazines in mind when they wrote about the right to bear arms.

I once thought that the opportunity for real change was possible after Sandy Hook. When white, middle to upper middle class elementary kids, and teachers were shot down and killed. These were the children of the people who normally hold the power, but not even that was enough.

What chance do the parents of Uvalde have to find justice when there are whispers of what do you expect with the borders being so open.

I am a realist. The NRA and their ilk have power, prestige and privilege on their side, along with deep pocket books. Most of the victims of gun violence in this country have no power, no prestige and no privilege to fight back with.

Avenues that have been tried before have not worked. A new strategy must be developed and implemented. The unheard must be heard. The silenced must find their voice. The change must begin at the ballot box. Silence equals violence and will continue to do so until something changes. Nothing changes until something changes!

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Michael Erickson

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