I share the outrage expressed by the writer of a Feb. 18 Letter to the Editor headlined "Lots of buts, but little action." School shootings are a stain on the fabric of American life.
But the writer misdirects her anger and misinforms readers.
During the recent open-ended, live listening sessions with survivors, families and educators at the White House, President Trump, in fact, revealed he is very open to new gun control measures. He expressed support for raising age minimums to legally purchase guns.
Senator Charles Grassley supports measures to ban bump stocks that turn semi-automatics into machine guns, strengthen the federal background check system, add resources for mental health services and improve reporting systems for threats of school violence. In 2013, he sponsored the Grassley-Cruz amendment to address criminal gun violence.
If there’s blame to be assigned, let’s start with the missed red flags reported to authorities about the deranged teenager now charged with killing 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
What’s worse, emerging reports indicate that at least one law enforcement official waited outside the school building during the horrific attack. Incredibly, the Broward County sheriff said in an interview: “If its and buts were candy and nuts, O.J. Simpson would still be in the record books.”
Unfortunately for the innocent students bleeding out in the high school, that’s where “Lots of buts, but little action” is the problem we need to solve.
The way I see it, the FBI, local law enforcement and social service agencies have a lot of explaining to do. No ifs, ands or buts. - Trent Wright, Sioux City