Re: “Hundreds gather at vigil in Oakland for victims of triple slaying-suicide” (Nov. 8):

Last Sunday, the grieving citizens of Oakland held a candlelight vigil for those who died in the recent mass murder. How wonderful when a community can come together to grieve and deal with the sorrow.

Yet there been 325 mass shootings in the U.S. so far this year. Can we name any other place in the world with such a great lack of public safety and unwillingness to deal with this problem?

The common denominator, of course, is guns, and more guns do not prevent mass killings. They make tragedies like Oakland – 300 times per year, once per day in America – more likely.

I urge all Americans to write your legislators for common-sense laws to prevent this carnage. Who will take care of the 3-year-old girl left behind – and the hundreds of small children left behind in America annually?

Paul Josephson

Waterville


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