As a Vietnam veteran, I am familiar with automatic assault weapons and the damage they can do ("Fight against gun violence must go on despite setback in the Senate" April 23). These weapons are designed for warfare and police emergencies.
I am writing today to express how deeply concerned I am about the recent actions, or should I say inactions, by our legislators. I am not being paid by any political action committee.
I have been unable to understand how it is that, according to the latest polls, 83 percent or more of Americans want protective action on gun reform, but our Congress has not shown they agree. Specifically, I cannot understand how a simple mandatory registration on the purchase of firearms was voted down by our U.S. Senate. Are these congressmen and women not civil servants selected by the people? Are they not supposed to act as our representatives in our democracy? So what is it, I wonder, that has caused the disconnect between what the people want and what our elected officials are willing to give us?
The impression I get from our congressmen lately reminds me of how some governments in third world countries run. The attitude that elected officials are somehow smarter than every working citizen is how governments become corrupt. I believe that every American should be furious at how their civil servants continue to serve only the interests of the special interest groups. In our Senate's latest failure, it has become obvious that the NRA is just the latest group influencing our legislators. If our elected officials have found their obligations to their constituencies too overwhelming, there is a simple solution: they must be voted out of office. They have become undeserving of the respect and status that comes along with the assumption that they are doing their job.
Congress should never forget who they work for, the people.
Ralph S. Turner Jr., Severna Park