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A gun referendum in November


November’s general election in America will be a referendum on gun control. All members of the House of Representatives and one-third of the senators will be on ballots throughout the country.

Many Republicans rely on financial support from the National Rifle Association (NRA) for their campaigns, and in return feel obliged to reject efforts to restrict the easy availability of guns to anyone who wants one.

This easy availability has resulted in the deaths of many hundreds of people in America so far this year, including most recently the killing of 19 children and their two teachers in Texas.

But the NRA and its political lackeys insist that the problem is not the number of guns in America (there are more guns than people in the U.S.), and the way to prevent incidents like the Texas school shootings is to arm all teachers.

Moreover, they maintain that the shooters have mental or emotional issues that need treatment, and this has precedent over the claim they have a constitutionally guaranteed “right to bear arms.”

Question: Does this mean they have a constitutionally guaranteed right to kill children?

Recent mass shooting incidents have again raised the issue of federal gun control. Efforts to increase restrictions on gun ownership have been blocked by Republicans in Congress after a mass shooting in America.

Result: This puts gun control on the back side of election ballots, as voters decide to choose those who will act to save their children rather than those who take instructions from a gun lobby more concerned with monetary profit than children’s lives.

John T Harding lives in Doylestown.