To the Editor,
Americans are alarmed by the violence increasing in our country. If we are to confront what is happening, we need to examine the origins of the problem. We can tighten gun laws. For 50 years the NRA has lied to us, claiming their main concern is protecting the “Second Amendment.” Actually, they are a lobby for the gun manufacturers and fight any restrictions on guns. Having more guns in our society has not made us safer.
Another subject we need to consider is the heated discussion on abortion. Our focus should be on birth control. The IUD should be readily accessible to all women who want it and paid for by the government. Pregnancy should be a matter of choice. All children should be born into a family where they are wanted and nurtured. Children tend to follow the example of the adults that raise them. It is problematic for a child who is born into a family where there is violence or where they are neglected. Education starts in the home but an important part continues in school where students are encouraged to respect each other and embrace diversity. Each one of us is unique and is born with a potential for good which can enrich our lives and the lives of others.