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Letter: Mass shootings can't be fixed--only limited

To the editor,

When I was an elementary, secondary and college student, I didn't concern myself with mass shootings. My greatest concern was, "Will there be a tomorrow?"

It was the 1950s and '60s. Russia, China, Korea, Cuba and Vietnam. It was Stalin, Khrushchev, Mao, Fidel and duck and cover. Bomb shelters, and, oh yes, the draft.

And now what is the biggest concern? Mass shootings. 24/7 coverage. It's exciting to the perpetrator and the media. It's news and both revel in it. More young people die every day from a drug overdose than have died from any mass shooting. Let's have a march against drugs. Not so exciting.

The marches and protests are for a worthy cause, especially so if one has been a victim. Throw in paranoia and Woodstock and we have a movement. Be careful. Mass movements have much in common with mob mentality. Think.

Firearms are for two purposes: to thrill and/or kill. When the Second Amendment was ratified, a colonial would fire off one shot. Before he could reload, a Native American could fire a dozen arrows.

Can bump stocks be banned? Somewhat, sort of. Can the multi-shot clip be banned? Somewhat, sort of.

They are out there and most importantly, so is the technology.

There is no total solution. There is no "never again." Mass shootings are a mindset aided and abetted by weapon technology and the mass media. It may be an incurable disease whose severity can only be limited.

Ron Schmidt

Tolna, N.D.

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