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Letter: There’s No Simple Answer

To the Editor:

I know that the nature of man is to try to find a single cause (“It’s easy access to guns!” “It’s the video games and violent movies!”) when tragedies such as the one that happened in Connecticut occur. The thought process is that if we can find the exact reason these things happen, then somehow we’ll be safer.

It think it’s time that we sat down and tried to figure how we — parents, loved ones, friends, neighbors and community members — are failing to see the signs of the mental stresses that lead to these moments, and are unwilling or unable to intercede if we do.

This is bigger than just slapping a “Mature” sticker on a violent game. This is a societal issue with no easy answer — but the alternative to doing the hard thinking and talking is more of these helpless moments.

Barry Wenig

Lebanon