People gather at a memorial site Thursday to pay their respects for the victims killed in this week's elementary school shooting in Uvalde, Texas. Credit: Jae C. Hong / AP

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How can politicians who describe themselves as “pro life” refuse to pass sensible gun legislation? So far this year, there have already been 214 mass shootings (four or more people killed or wounded).

When children and teachers are murdered in their classrooms, when retirees buying groceries are gunned down in the aisles, when worshippers are slain in churches and synagogues, we should all be screaming, “Enough!” A majority of U.S. citizens  favors sensible gun legislation. Universal background checks and bans on assault-style weapons and high-capacity magazines are reasonable ways we could curb some of these tragedies.

I call on all senators and representatives to get these laws passed now. We elected them to work for us. They should do their job, and pass legislation that can help prevent future massacres.  

Joan Ellis