Following the July 20, 2012 shooting in which a lone gunman killed 12 persons and wounded dozens of others at an Aurora, Colorado, theater, Weld contributor Tom Gordon wrote a letter on gun violence to some of Alabama’s top elected and law enforcement officials. Those on his list were Governor Robert Bentley, Birmingham Police Chief A.C. Roper, U.S. Senators Richard Shelby and Jeff Sessions, Jefferson County Sheriff Mike Hale, Attorney General Luther Strange, and U.S. Representatives Spencer Bachus and Terri Sewell.
The text of Gordon’s letter and the responses he received have been scanned and are presented here in their entirety. In his letter, Senator Shelby refers to Senator Frank Lautenberg, a New Jersey Democrat, who at the time was pushing legislation to ban high capacity magazines for firearms. Lautenberg has renewed his effort following the December 14 mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.
For more commentary on gun violence from Tom Gordon, read here.