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Letter to the Editor
Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, 8:39 p.m.

Guns & responsibility

I've never seen a gun commit an act of violence. People, however, are getting increasingly violent.

Fifty years ago, we brought knives to school in our pockets and had guns in our trucks at school. What happened? Parents were stripped of their parental authority by overzealous legislation and liberal mentality.

Schools, too, have enormous responsibility but no authority over their students. Violent movies and video games portray a slanted reality where getting even and vigilante justice are the only solutions to injustice.

Even our politicians and community leaders are not setting the example for acceptable standards.

Want to fix the problem?

Get government out of the family and schools. Make parents responsible for their children's actions and make punishing children for not making good decisions acceptable. Enforce standards for the content of what our children are exposed to. Take people off the streets who exhibit violent mental infirmity and make their release contingent on professional evaluation — not our reactive revolving-door mentality.

We need the Ten Commandments more than ever.

James Chrisner

Mt. Pleasant

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