Two officials — one a U.S. official and one in law enforcement — who were briefed on the investigation identified the shooter as Devin Kelley, 26, who lived in a San Antonio suburb and doesn't appear to be linked to organized terrorist groups. (Nov. 5, 2017)

Lately I’ve grown increasingly disheartened with the news media, particularly when the words used fail to identify the elephant in the room.

In the last few years people have taken a gun, it doesn’t matter what type, and murdered dozens of innocent human beings. The news folks say “it was a mass shooting,” and while both sides debate the current mass shooting in Sutherland Springs, Tex., they have more likely than not already debated the shootings in Jonesboro, Ark., Columbine High School, San Bernardino, the Pulse nightclub in Florida, Sandy Hook Elementary School, Las Vegas and Rancho Tehama in California, among many others.

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The “elephant in the room” still has not been named. Its name, which the media refuses to mention, is “murder.”

“Murder” is the shooter at Sandy Hook Elementary School, for example, who shot quite a few people, but killed 26 very young, innocent children and their teachers.

The Las Vegas shooter shot well over 100 people, but murdered 57 innocent people. And the Texas shooter shot a great many people, but murdered innocent people during their sacred worship time, including a 1-year-old baby.

The term “mass shooting” just doesn’t carry the same impact as the word “murder.” Maybe if the elephant is named and given the significance it warrants something very much needed might get done with regard to sensible gun control.

I’m not suggesting a person can’t buy a military grade weapon if they want, what I am saying is this: The Congress of the United States needs to recognize murder for the evil it is and set strict limits on military grade weaponry and high capacity magazines a person is able to buy.

Though I can’t for the life of me understand why a person needs a weapon that is capable of firing a 30-round magazine in a minute, gun stores, the Internet or wherever weapons are sold should put strict limits on the sale of military grade weapons.

Once that weapon and 30-round magazine has been purchased a report should be sent to a national database. Then if a buyer goes to buy more such weapons the seller would be able to see that person has reached their authorized limit.

If the Vegas shooter only could have bought one of each item, perhaps fewer people would have been murdered. If the Sutherland Springs shooter had only been was only able to buy one of each, perhaps a great many more would have survived.

William Alford, Etters, Pa.

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