We now have had two more dreadful mass shootings that have shaken our country to its core. Many were killed or severely wounded very recently in El Paso, Texas, on Aug. 3 and in Dayton, Ohio, on Aug. 4.

Just since June 2017, these mass shootings have taken place: three killed in Gilroy, Calif.; 12 killed in Virginia Beach, Va.; five shot dead in Aurora, Ill.; 11 died in Pittsburgh; five shot dead in Annapolis, Md.; 10 died in Santa Fe, Texas; 17 died in Parkland, Fla.; 26 died in Sutherland Springs, Texas; 58 died in Las Vegas; five died in Orlando, Fla.; and five were killed in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

When will all these mass shootings end? Don’t we need to do something besides pray and offer the usual condolences? We have, right here in the U.S., the perfect conditions for disaster: an environment of racial animosity promoted and fed by our own President Donald Trump and the ubiquity of guns with little or no regulation promoted and defended by the NRA.

Who knows what might happen if we don’t act quickly to make major changes having to do with gun control and to increase the acceptance of and support for the diversity that makes our society so wonderful and all-encompassing?

Patricia Richard-Amato