Country should demand action on gun violence

To the Editor:

It’s unfortunate that it takes a massacre like Las Vegas to call attention to the gun violence going on in our country.

Here are some figure for you to digest for our country in 2017:

• Mass shootings — 278 (four or more killed or wounded)

• Gun deaths — 11,978

• Gun injuries — 24,362

• Children ages 0-11 shot or killed — 564

• Teenagers ages 12-17 shot or killed — 2,510

• 809 wounded since the Las Vegas massacre, 247 fatally

Let’s look at Ohio for the year 2017. Fifteen mass shootings with 13 deaths and 78 injured. Gun deaths: 498 — many of these domestic violence killings followed by suicide.

Keep in mind Congress passed H.J. Res. 40, signed by the president in February. This law allows firearm sale or transfer to and purchase and possession by a person who has been adjudicated as a mental defective. This law is short and easy to read and on Feb. 28, 2017, became a law. Please look it up and read. That is all we need, more guns in the hands of “sick, demented people,” as Trump calls them.

Becoming immune to mass shootings is happening in this country, what a shame.

Demand action!

Figures as of Oct. 10, 2017, on

— George Riegle