Following mass shootings over the weekend in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio that killed at least 29 people, we asked Facebook followers, “what can be done to stop violence?” Here are some of their responses:
John Little: Society needs to change. Grow hearts and teach your kids to respect others even when you disagree with them. Government can not fix this. People have to fix this within themselves.
Kelly-Anthony Casabona: It starts in the home. It takes more than just loving your child. We need to teach them and discipline them. Teach: love, truth, responsibility and respect for life. Discipline: when they stray outside the lines of the above (and they will, because they are learning how to live life). Discipline doesn’t equal abuse. It consists of teachable moments, explaining clearly why something is wrong and what the consequences can be for that action. If the action is repeated, it comes with a consequence. They won’t like the consequence when they are little, but it will sure be better than them learning it in jail as an adult
Janet Cary Bevis: We need to talk about mental health and that means talking about the shooters. Not about the weapons they used, but WHY they thought this was the only way to solve a problem.
Jeff Herman-Smith: Finally realize that “thoughts and prayers” don’t create change.
Alec Michael Smith: Provide more opportunities for education and more resources for mental health. Also treat drug addiction as a health issue and not a criminal issue.
Gary Montgomery: There are millions of people across the globe who have some form of mental illness, whether it be depression, anxiety or something else. But they all don’t commit horrific crimes such as mass shootings. While I agree with many of the posts here, I think we have to take in consideration how easy it is for anyone to get their hands on a weapon that could kill dozens in the matter of minutes.
Ken Hoover: The entire mental health system in this country needs to be revamped. And parents need to start parenting and stop worrying about your kids being your friends. We are raising a generation of people that do not know how to be told no, how to fail or how to cope with people of differing views.
Bobbie Morris: Enact sensible gun reform laws. Come at me.
Kristy Whitley Spruill: Get rid of high up that will not change gun laws!!
Jennifer Gillespie Murphy: We need to stop accepting rhetorical rants of racism. 2A needs to be tweaked to be in tune with 2019. We need to be involved with our communities. Yes, understanding mental illness and removing the stigma helps but we are seeing a rise in hate crimes, ask why? Look at those in office that are not holding our president accountable for some of the racist comments he makes.
S. David Ross Including what others have said (respect, responsibility, care for yourself and others, education, identification and treatment of emotional issues), giving people a place to release their stress in a safe manner. An aspect of this of which I’m not aware for the general public would be a gym where people safely can punch bags rather than punching (or worse) people.
Jonathan Harkey: You cant …its called the human heart…Jeremiah 17 vs 9 . The heart is evil and no one can understand it. …free will ..good and bad exist because of it . Only thing to stop it will be the day Jesus Christ comes back to kick Satan’s butt
Jackie Foxworth: Stop saying the shooters name. Stop showing their faces and VOTE!
Lilli Royter: Nothing, it’s the human condition.
Anna-Catherine Sendgikoski: Join the Democratic Party!
Tricia Capps Kerley: Relationship with God