• Response to Tony Magliano’s column

• Response to Tony Magliano’s column

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I, like Tony Magliano (Making a Difference, June 21, 2016), am heart broken by the Orlando shooting. I agree with President Obama’s statement that it was “an act of terror and act of hate.”

While the violence could have hit any American community, he said, “This is an especially heartbreaking day for our friends who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.”

I would add that this was another heartbreaking day for America! Unfortunately, Mr. Magliano and the anti-gun people are (again) using this event as an excuse to take gun rights away from law abiding citizens, falsely claiming that it will somehow reduce violence.

While I understand that people are scared, listening to the anti-gun rhetoric is not the answer; you must look past the event itself. The shooter called 911 during the attack to pledge allegiance to ISIS and while there has been no claim of responsibility for the attack on jihadi forums, ISIS sympathizers have reacted by praising the attack on pro-Islamic State forums.
If you’ve been thinking for yourself during the last few years, you recognize that terrorism is present within our borders.

Furthermore, the government and media’s insistence that the recent attacks are not part of a bigger agenda is not good news.
I believe that when we lose our freedom it won’t be through the onslaught of tanks and guns; it will be because we have let freedom slip away while listening to others tell us it’s for our own good!

Neale Wade
Palo Alto