Once again a mass shooting occurs in this nation, people are saddened, prayerful or outraged and flags are flown at half mast ("Rampage in Washington," Sept. 17).
But it's notable that with only one exception, no one is particularly shocked. The exception was the mayor of Washington, who was quoted as saying that "we know these kinds of things have happened in other places, but [there's been] nothing like this here in the District of Columbia."
I want to know what world he's living in under the illusion that the District of Columbia somehow should have been immune to this horrific shooting.
The NRA probably will continue to be the most powerful lobby in Washington. And its supporters will continue to view the Second Amendment as a right that supersedes the right of innocent men, women and children caught in the crossfire.
Statistics show that millions of hunters and gun collectors agree that assault weapons are unnecessary for their personal purposes. Even people who feel the need for a gun in their home for protection don't see the need for this type of weaponry.
Yet nothing will change and nothing will forestall another tragic event somewhere in this country. In Colorado the people removed from office state legislators who supported gun control laws. And that's the state that eye witnessed the Aurora movie tragedy.
The Sandy Hook tragedy couldn't mobilize Congress to form any kind of bipartisan legislation. And now we have a tragedy in Washington.
I taught students the Constitution for more than 25 years and I can't help but think that if its framers could have foreseen what's happening in our country today they would have re-worded the Second Amendment.
Barbara Blumberg, Baltimore