Letter: Finding solutions must be done

Dec. 25, 2012 @ 07:09 PM

To the Editor:

The shooting last week was heard around the world and hopefully will eventually produce some positive results. It is difficult for me to see the need for assault weapons unless you live in Afghanistan or Syria. We are supposed to be one of the most civilized nations in the world. It is literally sickening to see where we are headed.

In our community alone we have had two killings due to home invasion and it was the villain that ended up getting shot. Also in our community and all around us we are experiencing alarming rates of gun violence involving innocent people getting shot.

Think about the deaths every year due to drugs and alcohol. Banning of alcohol failed years ago and we are losing the drug war just as fast. It is amazing that with all of the drug and alcohol abuse around us today it is typically not a part of these mass killings. That should be telling us something.

Is it possible that we are overlooking the obvious? Every time we have mass murders people start identifying the problems of the person beginning in elementary school but in many cases there was identification and no intervention. Is it possible that early childhood identification and appropriate treatment might be a starting point? Maybe our government will realize this and stop downsizing mental health and treat the problem instead of the symptom.

We don’t ban alcohol and vehicles to reduce drunk driving deaths. I am not sure banning all guns is our answer either. We must do something starting immediately and I don’t envy the job of those who have to make the decisions. Our thoughts and prayers should be with them as well as the families of the victims.

Claiborne Woods