Readers Write: Gun laws, social studies standards, impeachment, vaccines

Readers Write: Gun laws, social studies standards, impeachment, vaccines

Letters 600022540 Officers with dogs searched the parking lot outside of the scene of the mass shooting in Buffalo. Kevlar shouldn’t be the next personal protective equipment. Senators, quit sitting on your hands, respect our doctors and nurses and pass a red-flag bill ("Shooting renews the push at Legislature for gun control," Feb. 11). Health care workers are already taking enough risk treating COVID. Dr. Thomas Erling Kottke, St. Paul This week’s shooting in Buffalo struck close to home as I live in Rockford. What a perfect example of the absurdity of our gun laws (or lack thereof). Here we have a guy who told everybody ahead of time exactly what he was going to do and yet as a society we did nothing to stop him ( "Suspect envisioned mass shooting in ’18," front page, Feb. 10). Last year an effort to enact red-flag laws was blocked by Republicans in our Legislature. The idea that we can’t get proactive and take away weapons from a guy like this boggles the mind. I would suggest that the politicians who are more worried about their re-election or their fear of the National Rifle Association attend the funeral of the woman who was killed. Paul Hedelson, Rockford Gregory Paul Ulrich, the Buffalo shooting suspect, simply fell through the cracks of our social safety net, ignored and avoided at every level of his daily life. Medical disability problems, alcohol and drug addictions, low-income struggles, and personality issues eventually consumed him, culminating in […]

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