First, I want to state that I am not against the Second Amendment at all. However, after the Las Vegas incident, I am concerned, since it occurs to me that I now need to start being afraid and concerned that my next-door neighbor could be doing exactly what this man did prior to the shootings.

I do not understand why the National Rifle Association has as much power as they do and why, it would seem, that many people are afraid to stand up to them and say “Enough is enough.”

I don’t believe that anyone is trying to take away the “right to bear arms,” but I do believe that the need for assault weapons should be more carefully monitored.

This should not be a political issue; it should be an issue about the rights of all human beings and the need to provide more restrictions when it comes to purchasing firearms.

My heart and prayers go out to all the families involved in this latest attack, and I hope that, at some point, we can all stand together and work together on a plan to help everyone feel safe and not have to worry about what our neighbor might be doing.

The statement that “guns don’t kill people, people kill people” is certainly something that needs to be considered, but when children are being killed because of carelessness with weapons and people can stockpile weapons and then use them to massacre other people, don’t you think it is time to take a long look at where we are headed and what we can all do together to stop this madness?

Glenis Elliott

West Bath