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Letters to the Editor

No one cure for gun violence

It seems the “cool” terminology when discussing mass shootings is “we need a holistic approach.” OK then, let’s call it that. The point actually is that there likely will be no one solution to reduce the number of murders that are taking place so frequently in this country.

Some people say no legislation will ever stop the violence, and it seems they are saying that therefore there is no point even trying. We have not cured cancer yet either, so should we stop treating it and trying to find the cure? Why can’t we put together multiple actions, that taken together, address a variety of root causes?

There has to be a way to keep guns out of the hands of people who are a real threat to themselves or others and protecting the Second Amendment at the same time. We need to do both.

For the last 2 decades, we have been removing funds from mental health services, and as a result, there are waiting lists for people to get into treatment programs, and many people who cannot even afford to consider treatment. That has to be reversed.

We need to provide resources to law enforcement agencies so it is reasonable to expect them to be able to enforce existing gun control laws. In many instances, funding has been diverted for other uses, and while those uses are vital as well, we cannot expect to add more duties without more resources.

Finally, and just as vital as, we (all of us) have to stop the hateful insults, demeaning comments and inflammatory rhetoric aimed at anybody who is not “us.” We are us! When we attack “them,” we are weakening ourselves. Imagine how thrilled our real enemies around the world are to see us fighting endlessly amongst ourselves.

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