Letter to the editor: Why can’t we work together on shootings?
Disbelief. Terror. Shame.
These are some of the feelings which we as Americans are becoming used to. How often do we tune in to find out that there has been another mass shooting event? How many occurrences before we take action? When will we come to an agreement on taking preventative measures to prevent these all-too-common events of mass violence? Most importantly, why are our differences in opinions so extreme and so unwavering that we are incapable of working together and coming up with a lifesaving solution?
Whether it is a matter of stubbornness or pride, countless lives have been ended and many more have been destroyed in situations that were largely preventable. According to most sources, a mass shooting is defined as a shooting event in which four or more individuals are killed or injured in a single setting. This definition is not, however, used across the board, which is why you will see the count of mass shootings since Sandy Hook range anywhere from 43 to 1,962. According to Everytown for Gun Safety, there have been 142 shootings that took place at schools since the shooting at Sandy Hook in December 2012.
Until we are capable of putting aside our differences, admitting that there is an issue, and work together to formulate a solution, there is nothing preventing these shooting events from happening.
My deepest sympathies go out to all of those who have suffered.
Haley E. Sullivan