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April 7, 2014 at 7:04 AM

Fort Hood shootings: What’s the point of investigating mass shootings if no action is taken?

Today’s shooting at Fort Hood compelled me to ask why we even bother to investigate gun violence incidents [“Fort Hood gunman sought mental health treatment,” Nation & World].

After all, we never do anything with the information after all the investigations are completed. Cynically, one could say, “We could save millions of wasted taxpayer dollars by not investigating mass shootings.” But, just by thinking that thought, I have already lost some of my own humanity.

Over and over on this matter we are reduced to timid and moronic tools of gun dealers who arm pretend soldiers (not our military) in pretend wars, while the gun makers profit. Mass shootings are just a business reality and of no real concern to our society, as evidenced once again. Don’t try to deny it.

If we cannot prevent repeat mass shootings on U.S. military bases, how could we possibly fantasize that dumping those same weapons into the general population would ever end well?

Mark J. Suryan, Bothell

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