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What becomes clear after Newtown tragedy

To the editor:

I, like many, am stunned and saddened by the murders of innocent children and adults in Newtown, Conn. As news of the incident unfolded Friday, the enormity of the tragedy grew worse. President Obama spoke for the country when he said, “Our hearts are broken.”

I do not have words to explain what the parents must be feeling at the senseless loss of their children and loved ones. But as a husband and a father I feel an emotional connection to the families in Newtown. Their loved ones’ lost hopes and dreams are a loss for us all.

In coming weeks many people will come forward with theories and suggestions about how to avoid the next horrific incident. I am not an expert but a few things are clear to me.

There are too many guns in America and they are too easily obtained. Being able to purchase weapons at gun shows without a background check is nonsense and should not be allowed. Private citizens don’t need to own large-capacity assault weapons. Politicians need to step up and be counted in the discussion of a fair and reasonable interpretation of the Second Amendment.

Our country needs to focus more resources on mental health services. As the world becomes more complex — technically, politically and socially — mental health services need to have the resources to recognize, treat and counsel people most in need.

Finally, we should understand that Newtown is our town, too. Keep the people of Newtown in your thoughts and in your heart.

Jose Tolson

Pelham

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