To the Editor:
I am writing to you to express my appreciation for the Providence Journal’s printing of a thoughtful column (From a Gun Victim, 2/5/13) by Congressman James Langevin.
I am proud that Congressman Langevin has been appointed to serve on the Congressional Gun Violence Protection Committee, a task force charged with developing a comprehensive set of policy proposals to reduce and prevent further gun violence.
Congressman Langevin, himself a victim of a gun accident in which nearly cost him his life, was a wise choice. I wholeheartedly agree, while we cannot prevent all gun violence from occurring, it is our duty to pass stricter gun control laws ensuring the safety of our children and our citizens.
I’ve heard too many people and politicians since the horrific Newtown shooting saying that “trying to use the mass killing of innocent children and their teachers at Newtown as an event to get tougher on gun control laws are exploiting a tragedy.” That is absurd. If more members of Congress had the guts to stand up to the gun lobbies sooner, maybe we could have prevented Newtown or even just one of the countless other tragedies happening across our country. Our children and our grandchildren’s safety are more important than someone’s ability to get weapons whose only real purpose is in war.
To all the law-abiding gun owners, we are not taking away your guns.
We want sensible gun controls established and enforced to help prevent further tragedies from occurring in our country.
It is time for the public to show Congressman Langevin and other leaders like him that they have our support.
Nancy A. St Germain