Letters to the Editor

Gun controls vital to reducing slaughters

A growing memorial of flowers line the grass in the Seneff Arts Plaza in downtown Orlando, to honor those killed at Pulse nightclub in Orlando.
A growing memorial of flowers line the grass in the Seneff Arts Plaza in downtown Orlando, to honor those killed at Pulse nightclub in Orlando. emichot@miamiherald.com

The recent horrific homophobic terrorist mass shooting in Orlando has once again dramatized, at a minimum, the common sense need to ban all assault weapons and also to vastly expand background checks so that guns should not be in the hands of unstable people.

Donald Trump is a demagogue. He is using Islamophobia to divert from blaming the homophobia and the flood of weapons, including assault weapons, in our communities. The killing and persecution of gay people, the violence against supporters of abortion rights, and numerous other offenses against poor people, women and people of color — This, not Islam or immigrants, is the far more pervasive terrorist threat in our country.

Those concerned about their Second Amendment rights being violated should perhaps reflect on the fact that the original intent of the Second Amendment was to prevent the weakening of the slave patrol militias so that slaves could not escape from their bondage, according to authoritative studies (Google, “The Second Amendment Was Ratified to Preserve Slavery.”).

In Australia, to cite but one example, there have been no mass killings since that nation tightened its gun control laws 20 years ago. In the U.S., meaningful gun control legislation and enforcement are long overdue.

Robert Phillipoff

Bradenton

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