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Letters to the Editor, Oct. 6 - 9

Carson Watson

Sonoma

Had enough yet?

EDITOR: Building a wall to make America safer? Forget the wall. Block immigration to keep Muslims out of America? Forget the Muslims. Why be afraid of Muslims or other immigrants when we regularly kill each other in greater numbers than any foreign enemy has ever accomplished in our history as a country. We are so much better at killing ourselves, our neighbors, family members or just passersby than any terrorist group you can name. In fact, so many Americans die annually from gunfire that the death toll between 1968 and 2011 alone eclipses all the wars ever fought by this country and, as witnessed in Las Vegas, we just keep adding on to this slaughter every hour, every day.

$730 million spent annually to care for gunshot victims? Who cares?

Forty-six kids killed or injured by shootings daily? What’s the big deal?

Thirteen people killed or wounded every hour of every day by gunfire in the U.S.? What me worry?

Our Congressional inaction has made it possible for the NRA to accomplish, by default, what every international terrorist group has tried to do: kill as many Americans as possible by arming angry people with as many guns as possible -- then sew the seeds of fear and loathing into the American public and let nature take its course.

In the time it’s taken me to write this letter, another eight people have been killed or wounded by gun violence. Had enough yet?

Stephen Kyle

Sonoma