Another mass shooting. This time in Charleston, S.C. The knee-jerk reaction, as usual, of President Obama, Hillary Clinton, the mayor of Charleston and other politicians is to call for more gun control.
When will they get it through their heads that it is not the gun killing the people. It is the mentally deranged person pulling the trigger. All of the mass shootings in recent memory were perpetrated by mentally disturbed people. We don’t need more gun control. We need ways to identify and control those with mental problems.
What is needed? More awareness. Every one of us can be aware of people around us. People we live around, people we work with, and all those who we come into contact with. Our governments could be instrumental by encouraging awareness, providing a reporting and follow-up system, and also monitoring the Internet.
Most of the shooters have shown signs that they were disturbed. Unfortunately they were either not reported, or if they were reported there was no effective follow-up.
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Phil Chriswell, Boise