Let’s take control of the situation

To the editor:

It seems urgent for all of us Americans to become listeners and to take some serious action on behalf of all citizens — especially our children and youth. If we have eyes to see and ears to hear, we know that our teenagers are now calling us to take real and effective action in the matter of gun control in our beloved country. Will we have the courage to do what it takes in this moment?

Surely, it is time to think about the kind of destruction one individual can cause with an automatic weapon. We just saw it at Parkland High School in Miami. We saw it in Las Vegas just a few months earlier. Are we blind to the reality that faces us? Does any ordinary citizen need an automatic rifle? Should the AK-15 be on local gun store racks for ready purchase?

My suggestion is to demand the recall of all assault weapons in the United States by a certain immediate day. And, let it be known that anyone who is caught with one of these automatic weapons in the future will go to jail for a year for failing to turn in his or her gun. And, finally, it does not concern me at all what the NRA thinks or says in defense of this kind of decision or ruling and its consequences. Let us be the responsible adults and take charge of this out-of-control situation in our nation.

Sister Ellen Dunn

Dominican Sisters of Peace

Mingo Junction