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Letter: Guns and proses: Callous rhetoric isn’t helping this debate

"I'll give you my gun when you pry it from my cold, dead hands." Perhaps it’s time that phrase, or a variation of it, is used to immortalize the dead children. Dead because someone bought an AR-15, not for hunting but to kill as many kids as he could.

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"I'll give you my gun when you pry it from my cold, dead hands." A phrase made popular by the former president of the NRA, Charlton Heston. You don’t see or hear it as often these days, yet it still crops up in some variation of the original quote.

Perhaps it’s time that phrase, or a variation of it, is used to immortalize the dead children. Dead because someone bought an AR-15, not for hunting but to kill as many kids as he could. Where were the people with their AR-15s when those children needed protecting? Oh, yeah, they were locked and loaded and ready to defend your Second Amendment rights when the federal agents come looking for them. Or maybe, for when the local militia calls you to come a running because federal agents have been seen confiscating guns.

“They took my guns,” a phrase never uttered by any gun owner that is legally entitled to own a gun. And never will be. I own guns. I don’t worry about them being taken away. I don’t send money to the NRA so they can pay their president close to $2 million a year to be their spokesperson and to produce catchy phrases like, "I'll give you my gun when you pry it from my cold, dead hands.” Have you ever wondered how many parents have held their children’s cold dead hands? For the last time.

"I'll give you my gun when you pry it from my cold, dead hands." Do you think that’s what the shooter in Uvalde, Texas, was thinking when he killed those children?

I don’t know what the solution is, but I doubt if callous rhetoric from politically blinded gun owners or politicians beholden to the gun lobby will be a part of it.

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