To the editor:
First the tears, then the anger, then the action. We go through the stages of grief, which hopefully will diminish possibilities of such a recurrence.
News broadcasts are repetitive: change gun control legislation, provide better mental health services, background checks for persons making weapon purchases.
Part of the pain of it all, is that we feel impotent to make a difference. I suggest that there is one thing all of us can do. Take an inventory of the things in our personal lives that contribute to violence in our society.
For some it might be as mild as explosive language at a time when we are annoyed. For others it might be a choice of a steady diet of visual images of gunfire, attacks, violent video games and movies used for entertainment. Are we swept into a fascination with all things lethal?
From biblical times to our latest wars, we have relied on primitive solutions: might makes right.
Watching the faces of children who were recipients of such violence may lead us to a new way of solving difficulties. Here we are at Christmastime, and we are finding that in truth "a little child shall lead them," and 20 will redouble our efforts to " Give peace a chance."
Are we ready to turn our weapons into plowshares?