Dear members of the silent and reasonable majority: During last week’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who was wounded in the 2011 Tucson, Ariz., shooting, asked members of Congress to be bold and courageous.

Shortly thereafter, NRA Vice President Wayne LaPierre disgraced himself and his organization by refusing to acknowledge even the slightest amount of reasonableness contained in any of the proposed violence reduction measures proposed by the administration.

One of the NRA’s prime arguments against the proposed measures is that any new laws are wrong because exiting laws are not sufficiently enforced. Contrast this statement with the NRA’s proactive, money-backed efforts to stall the federal agency (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms) charged with enforcing such existing laws at every step of the way, and you are looking at the essential definition of hypocrisy.

Think of the boldness and courage of Gabby Giffords. If you want to honor her, and the memory and families of all victims of violent gun crimes, consider heeding her plea.

You are silent and reasonable. Now, please be bold and courageous, and for the sake of reason, speak out in support of common sense gun laws now.

Tom Jacobs
Riverside

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