Dear Senator Duckworth:

Thank you for your service.

I read your opinion in today’s Washington Post and I would like you to explain a few things.

Please tell me which, if any, of the measures you promote would have stopped Adam Lanza.

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Please tell me how these measures would have protected the college students who died at the Borderline Bar & Grill when those measures were all laws already on the books in California. While you’re at it, please explain why, as of December first, California is the site of more mass shooting events reported by the Gun Violence Archives than any state except Illinois.

Please explain how you are an expert on firearms technology or ballistics. The cartridge chambered by the AR-15 is considered by the military in which you served to be a cartridge intermediate between a pistol cartridge and the cartridge used for a battle rifle such as the M1 Garand. Incidentally, the U.S. government has sold hundreds of thousands of M1 Garands to civilians since the end of the Second World War.

Since the AR-15 came on the market in 1964, there has been exactly one teenager who used one that they purchased themselves in a mass shooting: Nikolas Cruz. Cruz wouldn’t have been at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14 if it hadn’t been for multiple failures by the FBI and the Broward County school district and sheriff’s office. Why are you so eager to blame the gun and Sunrise Tactical? And how is it possible that a federal judge ruled the Broward County Sheriff’s Office and Deputy Scot Peterson had no constitutional duty to protect the students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School?

One last thing I would like you to explain: How do you have the unmitigated gall to use the deaths of children to push legislation that wouldn’t have saved a single one of them?

I await your reply.

Sincerely,

Bill Cawthon

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