Refusing to address the problem of guns

To the editor,

Kudos to The Journal for their spot on take on how to handle the aftermath of the most recent mass shooting in the USA. “Calm heads needed………..”

The editorial is correct, there should be no rush to judgment. It’s very important to find out if the perpetrator had emotional problems, financial problems, possibly a broken relationship, or even had been radicalized. There are a myriad of reasons why someone would go out and kill almost 60 people and injury hundreds more. And if we can just find one that fits this individual, then we can move on and avoid any serious consideration of one of our countries great flaws.

A failure to put the shooter into one of these neat categories could also cause us to overreact, and the country to waste valuable resources on things of which the NRA would not approve. And while the editorial could be construed as semi correct in the idea that jumping to conclusions is not a sensible way to proceed, I wish it had acknowledged that this was not an isolated incident.

The premise of the editorial is only accurate if taken in a vacuum. This isn’t a singular event where the concern about overreacting, or over regulating could have some semblance of rationale. It simply the latest in a line of similar tragedies that go back decades. Year after year, shooting after shooting. Body upon body. Exactly why does the author of this editorial think that any more time or contemplation is needed to start making some decisions on whether we are just going to allow this to go on, unabated and uncontested any longer.

Our long refusal to address what is basically an American anomaly will make those who contend that no one act will solve this problem appear to be correct. And in a fashion they are. It’s not going to be one action or one law that will mitigate this sad perversion we share with no other country. Nor will it be a quick or easy fix. Frankly it’s going to be a long drawn out slog.

Calling for this to be analyzed as some unconnected incident seems evasive at best. There is certainly already enough documentation of past events depressingly familiar in nature. The locales change, the body count goes up and down, the names become lost in the fog of repetition, and the delay in addressing the complex issues involved continues.

Sadly, so does the carnage!

Steve Grossmann



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