As of Feb. 16, according to the nonprofit Gun Violence Archive, 72 mass shootings had occurred in 47 days. Just 1½ months into the new year, the U.S. experienced more mass shootings than days.

From left, Michigan State University students Ella Huff and sisters Sophie Apple and Abbey Apple place flowers at The Rock, a billboard for campus groups and events, on Feb. 14, the day after a gunman killed three students on the East Lansing, Mich., campus. Todd McInturf/The Detroit News/TNS

If an event like Sandy Hook, 10 years ago, could not move the needle on gun safety and control, I guess nothing will. Has the National Rifle Association declared open season on our children and not told the rest of us? Politicians who can only offer (useless) thoughts and (heartless) prayers because they are too spineless to take any action need to be voted out of office as soon as possible.

The idea that adding more guns will reduce violence is like adding more gasoline to put out a fire. The pro-gun lobby is fond of saying, “We don’t have a gun problem, we have a mental health problem.” It needs to look in the mirror when spouting that kind of talk. Isn’t the definition of insanity repeating the same mistakes and expecting different results?

Robert Pelletier

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