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WLOX Editorial: Violence seems to be getting out of hand in this country

There is a familiar saying that guns don't kill, that people do. There will be a lot of debate on whether certain type of guns or ammunition should be banned. We will leave that discussion for another day.

But for just a few moments we would like to discuss the problem we face in this country of violence. Why would a young man go into a school in Connecticut and kill so many innocent children and adults?

Violence seems to be getting out of hand in this country. Too often we hear of a shooting at a theatre, school or even a military base. What is causing this seemingly rapid rise of violence in our country? Are video games, movies and even television programs too violent? Have we lost our moral compass and we don't know right from wrong anymore?

There are so many questions that face us as a nation, but not enough answers. Often we hear that mental illness is one reason for the rise of violence. But, at the same time mental health budgets across the nation including in South Mississippi barley have enough money to keep their doors open.

Too often a mass shooting like the one in Connecticut makes the news for a few weeks and then something else pushes if off the front burner of news. We hope this time that this mass shooting and others like it can be explored in-depth and some solutions can be found.

The senseless violence in Connecticut has to be the impetus for this nation to solve the problem of violence in our country.

That's our opinion, we would like to hear yours. Email your thoughts to editorials@wlox.com, or post your comments below.

David Vincent
WLOX-TV General Manager

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