Bergman needed on gun control

To the Journal editor:

This is an open letter to U.S. Rep. Jack Bergman, R-Watersmeet.

My wife and I are vacationing in Florida not many miles from the scene of the latest episode of American gun violence, this time at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Parkland, Florida. The blood of these innocents has indeed cast a pall over the sunshine state and the whole country.

The question is asked once again, what can be done to prevent another such occurrence? And I again propose a simple solution: limit the fire power of all weapons owned in the U.S. to three shots, one in the chamber and two in the magazine. Say it can’t be done? I say it is being done and has been done in this country since the 1930s when federal law dictated that waterfowl hunters could only hunt with three shot weapons.

Would such restrictions absolutely prevent deranged persons from killing the helpless? No, of course not. But a weapon carrying three rounds will certainly not kill as many as one fitted with a 20- or 30-shot clip.

Jack, I receive and read your frequent emails extolling your efforts to help your constituents in Michigan’s 1st Congressional District. Many of them I applaud. Now, however, you have the chance to really show you care for the people of your district as well as the whole country. Introduce and fight for legislation that would limit the firepower of guns in this country to 3 shots. It’ll be hard. You’ll have to buck the gun lobby and the NRA. You probably won’t get support from the denizen in the White House. But you’ll be doing something to help stem the torrent of blood pouring from our nation’s schools and gathering places.

Representative and Gen. Bergman, do something truly meaningful to assuage the grief of the loved ones in Columbine, Sandy Hook, so many others, and now Majory Stoneman Douglas High School.