I am sick and ashamed to live in a society where mass shootings occur on a regular basis and everyone feels bad for a moment, sends prayers and then goes about their business.

Guns kill. We must enact gun laws so that citizens are safe. No one needs a semiautomatic weapon. If Nikolas Cruz had not had access to a gun, 17 people would not be dead.

Congress must stand up to the gun lobby now. Enough is enough. This should not be a partisan issue, just good common sense. How many people have to die before one person’s right to live is as important as another person’s right to an arsenal?

Caroline Ahonen