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January 6, 2013

Letters to the Editor 1/6/13

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Sincerely,

Ralph Diggins

Athens

Taking guns away not solution

Dear Editor:

Nobody knows where evil like the Newtown incident comes from, but it’s out there and is responsible for some truly awful things. 

But, for everyone who acts out and damages somebody, there is someone who has had the same childhood who never acted out and never hurt anybody.

Obviously, the constant volume of explicitly violent games and movies available, to our youth and young adults, is not helping. They have become accustomed to violence and killing without experiencing the reality of performing, or being victims, of such acts, in the living, breathing, real world.  There must be some other part to the equation.  We only have theories, and none of it really matters, in the long run, because it is not going to stop the damage.

The question is: How are we going to identify and stop the individual who has never acted out or broken the law or done something unusual that warned of what’s to come?  Most psychological or psychiatric therapists efforts come into play after the damage is done.

Taking guns away from American citizens isn’t the real solution. An assault rifle, as a rifle, is not any different from other rifles or handguns. It is intimidating looking, but there are up to 100-round magazines available for various handguns and rifles besides an assault rifle. The function is the same, but the assault rifle has more accessories on it that make it more imposing looking. There are millions of high capacity magazines for rifles and handguns already in our citizen’s possession.

We must get two things resolved to stop the hysteria about objects that are not the base cause of some of these terrible incidents.  The first is that we need parents and relatives to recognize that an individual with unusual or mentally aberrant actions should be taken, when first noticed, to a medically qualified person for consultation. It may prevent the loss of their or other’s lives. Many people do not want to deal with this psychological burden as it is considered a mental weakness that should not be discussed.

Second, we need testing in elementary and high schools of all students that show unusual behavior just like years ago when all children were tested for hearing problems. This helped their ability to learn.  Psychological testing can give disturbed students the ability to participate normally in society.

Sincerely,

Quentin D. Anderson Sr.

Athens

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