Dear Mr. President,
Last month I punched the circle next to your name on a ballot and said a prayer that many others were doing the same. Last night I watched you comfort a community and said a prayer that this time really will be different. Today sir, I beg you to be the leader I voted for, the leader I know you can be.
We cry with you Mr. President, but our tears are not enough. How many more mass shooting incidents must occur on your watch? At what point will you and your colleagues, whose primary job is to keep the American public safe, put down your politics and find a way to ensure there is no next time?
I'm not a politician, sir. My knowledge of the intricacies and complexities that accompany passing legislation is limited. But, I am certain that I have not heard a single valid argument as to why semiautomatic weapons should be available to the American people. They are not necessary to hunt. They are not needed for personal protection. There is absolutely no reason for any civilian to possess this type of firearm.
These weapons allowed Adam Lanza to storm into Sandy Hook Elementary and play God. A psychotic break may have been the catalyst, but if he hadn't been wielding guns capable of firing five rounds per second, would there be eleven bullets in a first grader? If he had to take the time to reload, perhaps one of the school's heroic teachers would have been able to tackle him before another six-year-old was slaughtered. A ban on this type of weapon is essential to preventing future massacres. I am not asking for a miracle sir; I'm pleading for common sense to prevail.
Last night you vowed to "use whatever power this office holds to engage my fellow citizens... in an effort aimed at preventing more tragedies like this." This promise must be kept. Your effort must succeed. This moment cannot be allowed to pass without taking semiautomatic weapons with it. You need to get this done. Do it for Sasha. Do it for Malia. Do it for the children Robbie and Alyssa Parker still have. Do it for the people who voted for you. Do it for the people who didn't. Please sir, do this for all of us.
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