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Another month, another mass murder

Toomey weighs in on gun control in the wake of the latest mass shooting. He still supports the bill he crafted with West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin on expanding gun background checks.

What the heck is going on? With the most recent mass shooting at the church in Texas, that makes 16 of the top 23 mass shootings (according to a CNN post) in the United States having occurred since 1999 (“Texas church shooting followed ‘domestic situation’ involving gunman’s family,” Nov. 6). Those numbers do not include five mass shootings from 2007 to 2011 causing the death of eight people in each occurrence. The top five shootings, all since 2007, took the lives of 192 people. Five men murdered 192 of our fellow citizens. We must look at the numbers in order to achieve a basis for understanding the loss affecting our nation. How can one not be horrified by those statistics?

These murders have transpired in school settings, music concerts, restaurants, churches, nightclubs and job suites. In other words, they’ve taken place everywhere. Not only have people had their time here on earth ripped away too soon, the heart beat of the nation has skipped a beat.

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Standing by themselves those cold numbers can never, will never, come anywhere near to expressing the pain burdened upon the family and friends of the victims. Words from the letter written to Lydia Parker Bixby by President Abraham Lincoln come to mind, “I feel how weak and fruitless must be any word of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming.”

David C. Hill, Baltimore

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