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Addressing Culture Of Violence in U.S.

December 21, 2012
The Intelligencer , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

It is likely new restrictions on firearms sales will be enacted by Congress in reaction to the massacre of children and teachers Friday at a school in Connecticut.

New support for such measures is being heard, and it is coming from people such as Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., who have been staunch supporters of gun owners' rights.

But new gun controls are far from the answer to violence in our society, as even thoughtful proponents of such action recognize.

Manchin himself stressed more needs to be done to identify and treat those with mental illnesses that could lead to violence. School security also ought to be addressed, he added.

Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, who was supported during his career in politics by the National Rifle Association, stressed "a culture of violence" needs to be curbed.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich added there is "a range of issues at play here, involving mental health, school security and a culture that at times fails to reject the glorification of violence ..."

Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., suggested there needs to be a "renewed national dialogue on mental health." He added violent video games should be studied.

New limits on gun sales will not end violence such as that which broke the hearts of many Americans last week.

Other factors are at work and they, too, need to be addressed.

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