To the Editor:
“Gun violence must stop,” so the cry goes. Those who espouse this mantra are being led down a street that is a dead end: it has no solution to the problem of us killing each other.
The real concern should be focused on us: We are a society the holds violence in high esteem. We embrace it for entertainment on TV and in the movies, we embrace it in many contact sports and we permit it by law when unborn babies are murdered because they are inconvenient. Truth should be self-evident to a reasonable and prudent person.
Alas, such is not the case. We, as a people, refuse to acknowledge we permitted this to happen when we demanded complete freedom of expression. We must alter our perspective about violence and complete freedom. We must look at the source not the symptom.
Searching for a fix to the problem in the Second Amendment will not change the fact violent people do not obey the laws. They do what they want.
We unwittingly have raised up several generations who have become desensitized to violence, blood and carnage seeing it every day and learning to enjoy it.
Friends, the laws we pass will not stop these people. The only thing that will change this condition is to change the way we train up our children.
We should not permit violent entertainment to be part of our children’s upbringing. We should spend time and energy with them teaching them how to enjoy life without taking it.
Lest you think I am anti-Second Amendment, I am licensed by the state to carry a concealed firearm. I do this because I have a responsibility to those in my care to do everything I can to enable them to live and find some happiness in this world.