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Two more mass shootings in as many days, and Republican leaders are still talking about gun control measures that have nothing to do with guns.

From 1996 to Aug. 4 of this year, there have been 152 mass shootings worldwide, and that number refers to incidents, not the number of people killed. One hundred twenty-five of those were in the United States. Do the math; that's 27 mass shootings outside the United States in 23 years, a little more than one a year. We had two in one weekend.

Republicans would have us believe mental illness, violent video games, broken families, alcohol and drug addiction are to blame. News flash: Other countries have those issues as well. What they do not have are mass shootings on the scale and frequency as we do in the United States.

It's time Republicans quit blowing smokescreens and pass meaningful gun safety laws. The longer they wait, the more lives are going to be lost to gun violence. It's inevitable. In the meantime, I honestly don't know how they sleep at night. They must be dreaming of their next election and NRA money. Sweet dreams.

Rebecca Rochat

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Endangered Species Act should be saved

I am writing in support of the Endangered Species Act, and in opposition to efforts by Congress to undermine this landmark wildlife conservation law.

The Endangered Species Act is a safety net for fish, plants and wildlife on the brink of extinction. Since President Nixon signed the law in 1973, hundreds of species have been saved from disappearing forever, including the American bald eagle, the peregrine falcon and the American alligator, and many more are on their way to recovery.

But now, some members of Congress are trying to weaken the Endangered Species Act to benefit developers and the oil and gas industry.

Protecting endangered species is important to me.

We have a responsibility to future generations to be good stewards and protect imperiled wildlife and the special places they call home. Our senators must oppose efforts to weaken the Endangered Species Act.

Theresa Sanders, Flintstone, Ga.

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Without a shot, is U.S. being destroyed?

In 1963, J. Edgar Hoover addressed an organization in New York. He stated: "In recent years, the Communists have demonstrated an attitude of open defiance and contempt for our law — an attitude which is fortified by their repeated ability to invoke loopholes, technicalities and delays in the law to thwart justice." (J. Edgar Hoover: "On Communism")

The leaders of the Communist Party always said we will destroy and conquer you without firing a shot.

Shannon Duggar, South Pittsburg

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