"You can take away my gun when you pry it out of my child's cold, dead hands."

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Today's Los Angeles Times letters to the editor, because our voices matter:

Re "Student opens fire at Colo. school," Dec. 14

News of the latest school shooting ends up in The Times on Page 10. That is how numb we have become to these horrifying acts of violence.

This time, however, there is no uproar about gun control that will eventually die out. That's because we don't have politicians brave enough to stand up to the far right and the gun lobby. Instead, it's all about keeping those votes.

How about just starting the dialogue again? Let's tighten gun laws and, at least, get rid of assault weapons.

Someone once told me that if you ever tried to take the guns away from Americans, you would end up with a civil war. My response: What would the difference be? We are already killing one another.

Susan Straughn Harris

Glendale

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In light of the latest school shooting, maybe it is time for the National Rifle Assn. to rephrase one of its favorite slogans: You can take away my gun when you pry it out of my child's cold, dead hands.

Lauren Siadek

Hawthorne

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  • Jason Rowe

    The people fighting the reform measures that 80+ percent of everyone (including gun owners) support must be numb to these shootings. That, or they're just miserable human beings.

    Maddow highlighted the effect of the new Colorado gun law requiring background checks on private gun purchases, and dozens of ILLEGAL gun sales were stopped; How can the Numbskull Rifle Association be against ILLEGAL gun sales??? It boggles the mind...

  • Frances R

    Enough is enough. I never will be numb to the almost weekly shooting at some school in America. I hope more people will speak out & put pressure on elected officials to do something.