Shootings and gun control are community issues | Letter
Editor, The Beacon:
We have had several shootings in Seattle in the last few days, including the one at SPU that was on the front pages. And all the usual posters are having a field day on the Seattle Times website.
As far as I can see, very few, if any, are calling for a ban on guns, but quite a few are calling for better control of who gets guns, and keeping them out of the hands of lunatics.
These sensible thoughts are always drowned out by the folks who equate any control of guns with banning them, and there is the usual chorus of "guns don't kill people, people kill people," and "should we ban knives, too?" and "it's the fault of the mental health system," or "it's because the police weren't there."
We need to remember that the mental health system, like the police, is overburdened and underfunded.
Want better mental health? Fund it. Want better/more police? Fund them.
And that, folks, means being willing to take on the necessary tax burden inherent in being part of the community.
How do we get sensible discussion of this problem? How do we get people to come up with useful suggestions? How do we get Americans to remember that we are a community, and that community functions only when we all come to the table to work out mutually satisfactory solutions –– which folks, means some give and take.
Is it even possible in the U.S. today?