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More violence is not the answer

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

The recent increase in highly visible shootings around the country has many talking about guns and legislations. Two recent items caught my eye as the nation tries to come to grips with the best approach to address these senseless nightmare events.

The first item was an editorial by Donald Kaul a retired editor from the Des Moines Register. The column appeared just after the shooting:

“I would tie Mitch McConnell and John Boehner, our esteemed Republican leaders, to the back of a Chevy pickup truck and drag them around a parking lot until they saw the light on gun control. And if that didn’t work, I’d adopt radical measures.” 

“Declare the NRA a terrorist organization and make membership illegal. Hey! We did it to the Communist Party, and the NRA has led to the deaths of more of us than American Commies ever did. (I would also raze the organization’s headquarters, clear the rubble and salt the earth, but that’s optional.) Make ownership of unlicensed assault rifles a felony. If some people refused to give up their guns, than “prying the guns from their cold, dead hands” thing works for me.”

Not a very rational approach but we must understand the emotion these repeated events have on people who feel helpless and obviously hopeless.

Now here’s another side of the multi-dimensional argument which came to my attention recently. It’s from Darrell Scott, the father of Rachel Scott, a victim of the Columbine High School shootings. His comments were provided in an address before the House Judiciary Subcommittee shortly after the Columbine shooting tragedy in May 1999.

“Since the dawn of creation there has been both good & evil in the hearts of men and women. We all contain the seeds of kindness or the seeds of violence. The death of my wonderful daughter, Rachel Joy Scott, and the deaths of that heroic teacher, and the other eleven children who died must not be in vain. Their blood cries out for answers.”

Dan Alexander is associate publisher of New Market Press and owner and publisher of Denton Publications. He may be reached at dan@newmarketpressvt.com or dan@denpubs.com..

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