Northwest Voices | Letters to the Editor
After mass shootings, being prepared is an important first step
Let’s be proactive, not reactive
How pathetic was the article “Reality after mass shootings: We can’t take safety for granted,” in providing provides tips about in what to do in a mass shooting [News, Aug. 17]; it’s just like there are tips out there about in how a woman can avoid sexual assault.
Isn’t it time to take a proactive stance, rather than reactive? How about we start educating our young people, particularly young men, in how not to be violent, or that violent behavior is unacceptable? Shouldn’t we place more emphasis on that rather than our ridiculous, continual stance of the reactionary approach?
Obviously there will always be some sort of violence, but shouldn’t we work to reduce violence? “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people” is the line always used; OK, let’s educate our people so people won’t kill people!
— Jacque Beamer, Mount Vernon