Orlando, Newtown, San Bernardino, Las Vegas, Stoneman Douglas High School, almost Duluth East High School: the list seems endless of the places where students and others have been killed or wounded by shooters with military-style weapons.

Does anyone remember the 10-year ban on the sale of assault weapons? It was enacted in 1994 and — most unfortunately, as mass killers have proven — was sunsetted in 2004. I'd like to hear again the arguments of the NRA on whether to keep the assault-weapons ban since, in hindsight, the end of the ban looks like one of the biggest mistakes in American congressional decisions. It certainly was not in the interest of we the people.

Gun sellers know that after each mass killing, gun sales are very strong. And the NRA has become a promoter of gun sales as its primary goal — along with funding politicians who block any gun-safety or gun-control measures. Continued sales of guns to the mentally disturbed, resulting mass killings, is just the price we have to pay to keep from putting any intelligent restraints on the Second Amendment's right to bear arms.

Stupid compliance, all to protect "liberty," as defined by the NRA and its disciples in Congress.

Jim Waldo

Duluth