Grow­ing di­vide con­trib­utes to vi­o­lence

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor - WAR­REN MANISON Po­tomac, Mary­land

Once again the na­tion is sub­jected to vi­o­lence in our schools — and once again we hear par­ti­san cries for “gun con­trol” as the solution. No, this is not the solution.

The dan­ger is that it clouds recog­ni­tion of many fac­tors that con­trib­ute to in­creased vi­o­lence, prin­ci­pally the con­stant hys­ter­i­cal at­tacks on our pres­i­dent, which un­der­mines na­tional sta­bil­ity. Young­sters are eas­ily in­flu­enced by a ha­tred-filled at­mos­phere.

Other fac­tors in­clude un­timely recog­ni­tion of in­di­vid­u­als with wors­en­ing men­tal con­di­tions, weak­ened fam­ily struc­tures that pro­vide less sta­bil­ity and less fre­quent mon­i­tor­ing of young­sters, vi­o­lent movies and video games, and sys­temic fail­ures in main­tain­ing ac­cu­rate data­bases and lines of communications be­tween var­i­ous le­gal en­ti­ties.

The se­ri­ous­ness of grow­ing par­ti­san volatil­ity must not be un­der­stated as a prin­ci­pal cause of the in­creas­ing vi­o­lence and in­sta­bil­ity in Amer­ica. This was ev­i­dent when watch­ing Sen. Mark Warner of Vir­ginia on a re­cent Sun­day TV show. His con­stant at­tacks on “Trump and his al­lies” and his in­sis­tence that Spe­cial Coun­sel Robert Mueller will find in­crim­i­nat­ing ev­i­dence against Pres­i­dent Trump il­lus­trate this prob­lem.

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