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I can no longer stay silent. I can no longer sit back and watch citizens of this great country get killed by the dozens and accept it as a part of everyday life.

I am tired of reading about the senseless deaths of innocent people. I am tired of being afraid for my children and their friends when they go out. I am tired of being nervous when I go to a movie or restaurant, and I am tired of being concerned when my wife goes out with her friends.

I have been told that the only thing that will stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun, but it seems the good guys are not at the right place too often.

I go to church every Sunday and it seems like my thoughts and prayers are not enough.

So my question is, when are we, as a nation, going to say enough already? When are we going to have a rational conversation about weapons in this country?

I am not anti-gun and I do not want the government to take away person’s right to own a gun, but it is past time to decide where we go from here. I am frustrated and I feel helpless, but I know that America is better than this.

I do not have the answers for this senseless carnage, and I am not sure any of us do, but I know that by continuing to do nothing, the mass killings will continue. 

Matt Snyder, Monticello

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