Referencing David R. Stone’s guest column [“How to prevent more school shootings,” Opinion, June 28], we could make every effort at gun control and providing psychiatric care for the mentally ill among us without making much of a dent in the statistics. Without addressing the core causes of endemic emotional pain and hostility in this once incredibly prosperous country, this trend will continue. Bureaucratic fixes have nothing to do with creating a healthy society, and in fact have worked directly against it all too often.
Healthy people are problem solvers. As we seek to grapple with these issues, we have to keep in mind that no action or thought exists in a vacuum: they all generate results of some kind. America has to look at the results we are living with and back up to what it was like when things were better, examining the changes that have ensued.
The successful Judeo-Christian values that shaped this nation have to some degree been discarded. As Jay Leno put it, “Are we sure this is a good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?” Worth picking up, Ben Carson’s book “One Nation” is a good counterpoint to the idea of applying dubious fixes instead of preventing the problems in the first place.
Jan Thompsen, Seattle