The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


December 25, 2012

Readers' Forum 12-25 | Thankful that opinions can be expressed


JOHNSTOWN — We need to stop killing one another

The growing, senseless killing of our population must stop soon.

The National Rifle Association will say, “Guns don’t kill people” and cloak itself behind the Second Amendment.

I believe in the Constitution and the right to bear arms. However, not even John Quincy Adams, John Hancock or Thomas Jefferson could have foreseen the evolvement of weapons from single-shot muskets to the 500-rounds-per-minute of today’s modern weapons.

The government will not be coming for your guns by changing the gun laws. I will still own my shotgun and my deer rifle, but the assault weapons should not be on the streets or in the schools or workplaces of America.

I would be in favor of having 20 tiny caskets put in the Senate or the House of Representatives and have my senator or congressman cast a vote against a bill banning assault weapons. That individual would lose more than my vote, he or she would lose my respect as well.

This carnage must be stopped. History will keep repeating itself until action is taken.

We the people must stand together and say enough is enough.

If not me, who? If not now, when?

Remember those caskets in the ground next week as you and your family celebrate Christmas and hope that they did not die in vain.

John Fabo

South Fork


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