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Wednesday, January 2, 2013 by The Press in Opinion

Is gun control really the answer?

To the Editor:

I'm suspicious regarding published opinions that appear without thought directed at gun control.

A sincere problem solving approach is never or almost never used.

There are many facets to this issue that should be considered.

For example: Is there a convincing profile regarding individuals that commit such atrocities? Could they have been recognized by parents or other members of society? Did they seek treatment and was insurance available to treat them? Might a recognized professional (teacher, doctor etc.) provided preventing opinions? How did they spend their time? Did they spend a lot of time doing activities that contributed to their insanity?

The perpetrator's profile is possibly the most important issue but comprehensive problem solving might also include information generating suggestions regarding school safety, armed staff, responsible access and/or legislative actions that would require professional reporting of related mental conditions or laws prohibiting or restricting the sale of violent material.

Some recommendations will no doubt hear screams regarding free speech etc. Well I ask if an eye doctor can report a person who should not drive; why not a mental case presenting more of a danger to society? If guns are used to protect valuable property, are children less valuable? If financial reimbursement was an issue, providing that is far less expensive.

Hopefully we have been given a wake-up call and subsequent suggestions will be more directed toward an effective solution.

William F. Spaide

Lower Macungie Township