Yes, automatic weapons should be banned by our government, but most of the discussions posted blame the guns, the NRA, the 2nd amendment and our 'laws'. Nobody gets to the meat of the matter: If there is a demand (for guns), regardless of the laws passed, someone will fill that demand. This is no different from Prohibition, where there was no shortage of available booze or the 'war' on drugs, where you can get them at most street corners in any city. What needs to change: There has been a steady decline over the past 20 or so years in our country's moral fiber, personal and work ethic, and yes, child rearing. Cause: unmarried or one parent families, poverty, and absence of any discipline both in the home and in the schools, for 'political correctness'. Parents want to be friends with their children rather than running their homes like 'benevolent dictator ships'. Nothing is denied the child: the child wants $150.00 sneakers or a new cell-phone: no problem. So you can blame the gun all you want, but unless there is a real change in the populations personal morality and ethics, these school tragedies will continue.
We pediatricians should look at our own practices in teaching good child rearing ways to the families we serve. Horst D. Weinberg, MD
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