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Neglect of human factors seen as crux of issue

To the editor:

So many around the world are grieving and bewildered as to how someone can perform such a heinous act as we saw in Newtown. I share the deep grief and sadness and am determined to observe what good will come of this.

The bottom line, in my humble opinion, is that mental illness is too often left untreated, unsupervised and trivialized.

Not enough attention is given to the effects of horrible video games allowed in so many homes on young brains. Violence is not a game. When real people are “killed” they cannot be reset to get up and try again.

Guns are not the biggest issue. We need to look at the human factor first and form a support system to deal with factors causing aggression, anger and the “get-even” attitude.

And yes, I agree we need to add more spirituality to the exposure and teachings to young and old and all in-between. Sermons are missing from the experience of those who do not go to church to hear a snippet of philosophy and moral lessons.

Linda Langlais


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