Letter: ‘Cold blood’ demands gun laws

The first mass murder in the U.S. — the Clutters, a family of four in rural Kansas — happened in 1959. This violence was so unprecedented, so shocking, that Truman Capote authored a bestseller about it, “In Cold Blood.”

Cold blood is the new norm.

The Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting (December 2012 in Connecticut) killed 23 children, and since that gruesome day, the U.S. has had 74 mass murders, nearly one a week, making us the only civilized nation in the world with this record.

And we call ourselves civilized?

At the first school shooting — Columbine, 1999 — my granddaughter was in high school in Crowley. “Sweetie,” I said, “are you afraid?” And she said, “No, it won’t come here while I’m still in school. But it will come!”

And the NRA keeps pushing guns down our throats. And finally, when everyone begins toting guns everywhere, how can we tell the good guys from the bad?

And politicians keep kowtowing to the gun lobby. Never mind that 90 percent of us want stiff background checks. Never mind that Japan (with strict gun laws) has few homicides. Never mind that we keep slaughtering our own kids!

Okay, bubba. What about your 2nd Amendment rights? Are you afraid of big government? So what good is your little gun against a predator drone?

Come on, guys! It’s not 1776!

Come on, guys, I’m not against hunters, but if we’re waiting to enact gun control until murder goes down in our own backyard, wake up!

It’s already here.

Call your congressman; write a letter; do something!

Jean Sellmeyer Smith

homemaker

Crowley