Letter to the Editor

What is a national emergency?

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

During the past year thousands of Americans have died needlessly. In the age group 0-19 years, 47 children were shot every day in America, in murders, assaults, suicides unintentional shootings or police interventions. Each day, eight of them died. This past year 17,207 children were shot in murders, assaults, suicides, unintentional shootings or police interventions and 2,737 of them died of gun violence.

Considering all age groups 342 people were shot every day in America in murders, assaults, suicides, unintentional shootings or police intervention. Each day 96 of them died. This past year 124,760 Americans were shot in murders, assaults, suicides unintentional shootings or police intervention and 35,141 Americans died of gun violence.

During the past year the lowest number of migrant Southern border crossings since 1971 almost 50 years, were recorded. Yet, President Trump proclaimed it a national emergency, but did not mention 124,760 Americans shot and 35,141 that died of gun violence. What's wrong here?

Robert Sneitzer,

Spirit Lake