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Letter: Gun limits could do more than make us ‘feel better’
Student survivors from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School bow their heads as the names of the victims are read, at a rally for gun control reform on the steps of the state capitol, in Tallahassee, Fla., Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

I’m sure it was unintentional, but the Times printed two stories side by side Saturday that were supremely ironic when taken together. The first was a story quoting Rep. Doug Collins saying that passing laws to prevent mass shootings were all about making people “feel better,” and would not solve the problem. The second was about two bills in the General Assembly that would allow people to discriminate based on claims about their religion, and about preventing gay Georgians from adopting children.

How exactly do those laws solve a problem as they make some people feel better?

The point here is that conservatives are constantly proposing and trying to pass laws that are supposed to make other conservatives “feel better” but address absolutely no problems. They get offended by things like seeing people kneel for the National Anthem, and the first thing they do is to propose a law against it. 

Rep. Collins, if you and your colleagues in Congress are concerned about passing effective laws, I suggest you look at the laws in practically every other developed country on earth, because no other country has the incessant mass shootings we have in this country. Those laws have apparently been pretty effective, although they might make some of your constituents feel bad about having to go to some inconvenience to buy another firearm. I grew up with guns, I own guns, and I shoot guns, but if that inconvenience is what it takes to keep schoolkids from being shot in schools, I am perfectly prepared to deal with it.

I spent one endless horrible day by myself in my classroom in Forsyth County in 1990 taking care of 27 terrified children and wondering if we were going to get shot during a hostage incident that happened there. Rep. Collins, I’ll feel a lot better when I don’t have to relive that day a dozen times a year reading about Americans getting gunned down in schools and other public places because some people don’t want to do the hard things it takes to prevent it. You are the one who is in a position to do something. It’s way past time. 

Bryan P. Sorohan


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