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December 18, 2012

READERS’ FORUM: Dec. 18, 2012

TERRE HAUTE —

Sadly, violence is everywhere

I’ve followed with interest the tragic events in Connecticut. I’ve heard the arguments for more gun control.

While I don’t believe that would stop these horrific crimes, I do believe we need to re-evaluate our mental health population. They may not belong  in prisons, but not having group homes or hospitals or long-term care, there is no way to provide medical attention to anyone over 18 if they choose not to continue treatment, until they’ve crossed the lines into the criminal system.

I also have to wonder if we need the numerous television shows that depict murder in a dozen commercials daily. I couldn’t turn my television to any channel without seeing a corpse, murder or other violent crime scene earlier this week. Add into that the violent video games and most of today’s youth has come to think murder is as common as sliced bread, and certainly desensitized to it.

Why the public needs these high-powered weapons, I’ll never understand. Yet we seem surprised when these events happen and give the shooters all the attention they must be seeking by continuous coverage. I am going to choose to remember the victims’ names, these beautiful young children who had a whole life ahead of them and cut short by a senseless crime.

Any of them could have been one of our children or grandchildren, and my heart goes out to the families.

These educators who have lost lives protecting the children they were to serve, my heart goes out to their families. Some were starting in their careers, others ready to enjoy retirement. So sad.

My heart also goes out to the first responders. I can’t imagine having to deal with such a gruesome scene. I am going to believe that as we do, pick the freshest blooms from the garden, God has gathered the freshest ones in his. I pray we never have to deal with this type of incident here.

— Janet Royer

Terre Haute

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