To the Editor,

Gun violence has become firmly stitched into the culture of America. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, there were 31,328 deaths by firearms in 2010. That number is expected to rise to 33,000 in 2015  — more than the 2012 population of Waxahachie and three times the 2012 population of Red Oak — at which time guns will cause more deaths than car accidents.

Please just let those numbers soak in for a moment ... and at least 57 people were shot in the weekend preceding the Navy yard shooting.

The FBI’s definition of mass murder is the slaying of four or more people. There have been at least 17 such tragedies already this year where multiple victims were gunned down.

These facts are sickening and just slightly more disturbing than hearing that Iowa has passed legislation that allows guns to be sold to blind people and that they are legally allowed to carry a handgun in public. Or, that Louisiana recently passed gun legislation that inadvertently allows the legal sale of firearms to convicted felons – no movement to-date to change either the Iowa or Louisiana laws. Or, that “stand your ground” laws seem to invite anyone to shoot first and ask questions later.

There has to be a “common sense solution” to the gun violence problem.  JUST PLEASE don’t say its people not guns that kill — because it takes both — a gun and someone willing to use it.

Ruth Mauldin,

Red Oak