Is there one cause or one solution for the gun violence in our country? Shall we blame the gangs, or the lack of hope in our young people who have no jobs, or the silence of community and church leaders who are not promoting strong moral codes, etc.?
Some of these reasons contribute to gun violence. However, shall we not strongly focus on the availability of guns in the streets to the gang members? No focus here is on the NRA. Rather, where do the guns go from the factory into the streets? Who is making the money? We know money is the root of all evil.
Our media might be a contributing factor also. Why do we need ads featuring guns for sale? Why are so many TV programs and movies full of gun violence?
Yes, mental health is a contributing factor in gun violence. Perhaps our schools should include personality assessments as well as ISTEP testing.
However, one urgent problem to correct would be preventing the sale of guns on the streets. Find the source!
- Grace Turner, Gary