AlliedNews.com - Grove City, Pennsylvania

Opinion

September 7, 2012

Shootings raise questions, few answers

The latest mass shooting incident in America will produce a disturbing list of questions and tragic lack of answers.

Why would a man - preliminarily identified by authorities as a white supremacist - open fire at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin?

Perhaps further investigation will reveal a motive for the shootings that left six people dead. But it is equally possible that it will be chalked up to the inexplicable actions of a madman, a social misfit who finally lashed out with deadly bloodshed.

It's basically the same excuse that's been heard plenty of times in the past.

Something similar occurred a couple of weeks ago in Colorado, where a man began firing in a crowded movie theater. There is a tendency to dismiss these outrageous acts as senseless and unpredictable, but in the Colorado case, extensive planning and preparation went into the attack.

Perhaps the attacker was insane. However, it's also worth asking whether someone who could conceive of this plan and then carry it off may have provided some warning signs.

Whenever these types of attacks occur, there are calls for increased public safety. But is the nation willing to pay for metal detectors at entrances for movie theaters and similar public venues? . . .

Then there is the Sikh temple. Are we prepared to secure churches from attacks? Post armed guards during services?

The harsh reality is that perfect security in this world is not attainable. Someone intent on committing violent acts - regardless of reason - can find a way to do so. . . .

Curiously absent in the aftermath of these incidents is much public discussion about restricting access to guns.

This being a tough election year, Democrats who might normally make calls for more regulations are remaining silent on the subject.

This may reflect the majority mood in America that's suspicious of expanded gun control. Yet that attitude may not persist if the killings continue.

As part of our belief in limited government restrictions on individuals, we oppose broad gun control measures. However, we are open to thoughtful discussions about ways to better assess potentially dangerous individuals by improving mental health services, and to eliminate devices and weapons that appear to have no other purpose than to kill as many people as possible.

Unfortunately, thoughtful dialogues about guns and violence in America are hard to come by.

Still, perhaps these tragedies will force more people to consider the sort of society they wish to live in. Going to the movies or to church shouldn't be the equivalent of risking your life.

Published Aug. 15, 2012, in Allied News. Pick up a copy at 201 A Erie St., Grove City.

1
Text Only
Opinion
  • Forced-pooling hearing should include those affected

    It's hard, after all we’ve seen, to imagine that the long-simmering debate about fracking for natural gas is as simple as either side says it is.

    April 18, 2014

  • Protecting reporters and the right to know

    If it had been solely up to government officials at the time, how much do you think Americans would have learned about the Watergate break-in and the White House cover-up that followed? Maybe nothing.

    March 12, 2014

  • Dispute over meetings warrants public attention

    Something funny is going on in Pulaski Township.

    February 7, 2014

  • Mister Rogers vs. the Unity Tree

    I was walking by Stanwix Street and Penn Avenue last week when struck by our city’s “Unity Tree.” It’s a curious thing about the Unity Tree: it only comes out at Christmas time — yes, Christmas.

    January 17, 2014

  • Drilling anywhere in PA has implications for all

    If you drink water, read this.

    January 10, 2014

  • Sudden snow sometimes creates idiots on roads

    Spring in December seemed to have sprung last Saturday when the sun was shining and the mercury rose above 40 degrees. The prediction of freezing rain for Sunday appeared way off the mark.

    January 3, 2014

  • Online gambling study ordered for Pennsylvania

    Coming on the heels of a report noting that total revenue from Pennsylvania slot machines for November was down 1.3 percent from last November, the state Senate recently passed a resolution, calling for a study of gambling in Pennsylvania, including the possibility of legalizing online gambling.

    January 3, 2014

  • Obamacare stumbles over the basics of signups

    Every new program is bound to have a few glitches. But what’s happening right now with the nation’s new health insurance program and online signup efforts is disturbing. And it creates uncertainty regarding the entire concept of health care reform.

    November 26, 2013

  • Anti-cyberbullying efforts may be having effect

    Parents everywhere must be rejoicing, because a new poll suggests that cyberbullying among students seems to be decreasing.

    November 26, 2013

  • A veteran, 90, recalls Patton, Ike, freedom

    I recently took my two teenage sons to a talk by Frank Kravetz, a 90-year-old World War II veteran who survived Hitler’s Nuremberg prisons. Frank published his story in a memoir, “Eleven Two: One WWII Airman’s Story of Capture, Survival and Freedom.”

    November 26, 2013

Featured Ads
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide