LETTER: Lawmakers must act against a clear threat—assault rifles

To Ozaukee Press:

It has been pointed out that Americans will cast political ideologies aside to unite and confront perceived threats to the common good. Thus when autos were universally deemed to be insufficiently constructed to provide adequate safety to occupants in even modest collisions, lawmakers responded to the public pressure by forcing remedial changes on that industry. When the general public ultimately acknowledged the fact that tobacco was a killer agent, we forced lawmakers to forgo the influence of tobacco industry lobbyists and respond to the people’s united demand for actions that protected public health.

Firearms configured to be weapons of war are a threat not only to the public in general, but also to the dedicated law enforcement officers who rush to thrust their bodies between shooters armed with high-powered weapons and their civilian targets. Americans are now reaching the point where such weapons are becoming universally recognized as dangers to the public and to those in law enforcement who protect that public.

Lawmakers who don’t recognize the need to revise their attitudes to respond to this change in their electorate should now  be quickly identified as being on the wrong side of history and treated accordingly.

Enough is enough.

J. Ridley



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