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A question: How many more must die?

To the editor, After the most recent school shooting in Parkland, Fla., it would be quite appropriate to revisit the questions that U.S. Rep. John Lewis offered to his fellow Congressmen and women after the shooting in Las Vegas: "How many more m...

To the editor,

After the most recent school shooting in Parkland, Fla., it would be quite appropriate to revisit the questions that U.S. Rep. John Lewis offered to his fellow Congressmen and women after the shooting in Las Vegas: "How many more must die? 100? 1,000? 10,000? 1,000,000? What is your blood price? How many more mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, sons and daughters, husbands and wives? What is the number? How many more dead bodies will it take to wake up this Congress?"

These are very legitimate questions that need to be answered.

AK-47s and the like were created to kill as many people as possible during times of war. We do not need them at shooting ranges or when hunting. We do not need them in our communities or our homes. They should only be in the hands of men and women who are serving our country through a branch of our U.S. military.

And to the argument that "criminals" will still be able to buy them, that is is true. However, it is also true that having more restrictive gun safety laws saves the lives of children, women and men. People like you and me, and our children, and our loved ones. The statistics from other countries who have enacted more restrictive gun safety laws show that these laws save lives.

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Julie Tillberg

Mayville, N.D.

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