APTOPIX Ohio Shooting

FILE — Mourners gather for a vigil at the scene of a mass shooting, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, in Dayton, Ohio. A masked gunman in body armor opened fire early Sunday in the popular entertainment district in Dayton, killing several people, including his sister, and wounding dozens before he was quickly slain by police, officials said.

To the editor — It appears that deranged toxic white men, inspired by their nationalistic and racist hero, President Donald Trump, want the adoration and attention of like-minded domestic terrorists, so they target large public areas, hoping to beat the record for killing as many people as possible. Meanwhile, NRA-owned Republican lawmakers post their thoughts and prayers on Facebook and blame the lack of prayer in our public school system for the mass murders.

At least they said something: the leader of our country hid in his resort, playing golf, tweeting about the terrible killings. He didn't say anything until Monday.

Want to encourage legislation banning semiautomatic assault weapons and also save your life? Don’t spend any money or time in large public areas like shopping centers. If everyone did this for a month, corporations would demand action from Congress.

Instead, support small businesses in your community. Spend your extra time you reading, listening to music, hiking, studying nature and hanging out with your family and friends.

Not only is consumerism overrated, it’s now life-threatening.

SUE KUSCH

White Salmon