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Another horrific school shooting! Officials are falling over each other with condolences and prayers for the victims and their families. Folks, prayers won't cut it, they won't prevent the next mass shooting which will surely occur while members of Congress accept millions of dollars from the NRA, who is doing the dirty work of the gun industry. In return members of Congress are expected not to pass sensible gun legislation.

As long as this despicable organization has a stranglehold on Congress, mental illness, lax security, etc., will be blamed for the shootings — everything, except the easy availability of deadly weapons in our society.

The tired old mantra "guns don't kill people, people do" as well as a 200-year-old amendment to the Constitution are still used to defend the right to own military-style weapons such as the AR-15 and AK-47. Our forefathers never foresaw the kind of firepower available today. These type of weapons have no use in hunting or defending one's home and property and don't belong in a civilized society. They exist for one purpose only: to kill as many people as possible in the shortest amount of time.

Most Americans believe in sensible gun control. Why won't Congress vote the people's will?

— Beate White, Colorado Springs

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