In the March for Our Lives, we probably witnessed one of the most extraordinary protests in U.S. history - entirely inspired by the teenage students of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. The turnout of students and others throughout American cities and in foreign cities was mind-boggling.

It would take just a minuscule amount of the U.S. defense spending budget to do a buy-in of all assault weapons owned in America. They could be cheaply reconfigured to conform to the military's requirement standards and be used by our troops for target practice and combat.

They never should have been allowed to be owned by non-military citizens. The assault-weapons ban of 1994 being allowed to sunset was one of the most terrible tragedies of American congressional mistakes.

NRA-funded politicians beware. Much more than a buy-in needs to be done, but it would be a good start.

Jim Waldo