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Letters to the Editor

Letter: Listen to the students of Parkland, Fla.

Elgin resident suggests not voting for NRA backed politicians

To the editor:

Another shooter. Another school. More innocent victims who are offered “thoughts and prayers’ by the politicians! Unfortunately, politicians aren’t motivated to pass gun legislation because they are accepting big money from the NRA! It’s nothing personal, it’s just that they like big money better than your safety.

The students of Parkland, Fla., immediately decided enough is enough! They are smart, articulate and unflinching and have listed their demands for change.

What do they want? Nearly all Americans want gun ownership prohibited for all convicted felons, mentally disturbed, those on the terror watch list and those involved in domestic violence acts … and I will add, people who abuse animals because that is a precursor to violence against people! Their demands also include banning assault weapons, high capacity magazines and bump stock devices!

That’s not everything they want … any politician who takes money from the NRA to be voted out of office! Additionally, any company that offers discounts to NRA members to be called and told to divest from the NRA, like car rentals, airlines, banks, FedEx and Walgreens to name a few.

This is just another chapter in the “Big money controls Congress and you don’t count” story of the destruction of our democracy! You have the power to shut down this chapter by calling your senator and representative in Congresss and telling them “if you take one penny from the NRA, I’ll vote against you” and for refusing to vote an NRA-backed politician! To find House and Senate members who are taking money from the NRA, visit: opensecrets.org and votesmart.org.

Joni Lindgren
Elgin

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