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Complacency over gun violence [Letter]

I read with great interest Samuel Totten's commentary on Congress and the National rifle Association ("Congress capitulates to the NRA," Jan. 28).

While I agree with everything he wrote I still don't understand why our elected officials have to experience a tragedy first-and in order to have some empathy and do something to stem the flow of gun violence.

Fortunately neither I nor anyone in my family has witnessed or been involved in a senseless act of gun violence. But that doesn't mean I can't relate to these horrific events.

Just a few days ago I had the opportunity to take my 7-year-old grandson to school for the first time. My daughter instructed me to park the car in a certain area and walk him right up to the front door of the school.

As I kissed him goodbye and watched him walk in with all the other children I could feel myself fill up and become overwhelmed with a sense of helplessness. I thought of the Sandy Hook school and how all those parents did just what I had done. They had dropped their children off, watched them walk in, and felt sure that they were safely ensconced in school for the next six and a half hours.

My grandson's school is in a setting much like Sandy Hook, nestled in a bucolic neighborhood in northern Baltimore County. My own children walked to school by themselves, and their father and I didn't worry. I also taught school for 28 years, both in the Baltimore City school system and in private schools, and this type of violence in the schools was never even thought about.

Statistics don't move our representatives and continuing tragedies don't move them either. I worry that we will just have to accept that these killings will continue to occur on a regular basis. What legacy am I leaving my grandson?

Barbara Blumberg, Baltimore

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