Di­a­logue needed on gun vi­o­lence

Winnipeg Free Press - - YOUR SAY -

Re: Lone wolf shoot­ers part of the same pack

(Oct. 6)

The Free Press edi­to­rial ac­cu­rately pointed out that “since 1982, mass shoot­ings in the U.S. have been dis­pro­por­tion­ately car­ried out by an­gry white Amer­i­can men.” And, as the edi­to­rial fur­ther points out, “we need to get to the roots of the prob­lem.”

In­deed we need to bet­ter un­der­stand the re­cent and dis­turb­ing phe­nom­ena, which has been de­scribed as the flu­id­ity be­tween sui­cide and homi­cide. We need to look at other a-words be­yond “anger,” such as “ac­cess” to au­to­matic weapons and ex­trem­ist ide­ol­ogy; “abil­ity” to carry out a mass mur­der; “alien­ation” from friends and fam­ily; and “al­ter­na­tives” to vi­o­lence. We need to be­gin a di­a­logue that takes us in the di­rec­tion of pre­dict­ing and pre­vent­ing these mon­strous mass killings.

MAC HORSBURGH

Win­nipeg

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