Letter: Living in fear
I am not a fearful person by nature. I flew from New Hampshire to Florida within one week of the terror attacks of Sept. 11 and thought nothing of it.
But this week, while at a mall in Salem, it was another story. I saw two young men who triggered a fearful response because they made me think of the recent mall, school and public shootings. I couldn’t get out of the mall fast enough.
President Obama said there have been 74 school shootings since Sandy Hook. This happens in no other country, he goes on to say. Why is that? I have my own theories.
We hear that the mentally ill need to be better cared for. Perhaps that is a factor. Unfortunately, there have always been teen suicides. Are they now taking others with them?
Another factor is the unwillingness of our elected officials to enact stricter gun laws. I am so sick of hearing that if someone wants a gun they will get one. Why make it easy for them?
Then there is the media. Whenever there is a news story with violence, they show it over and over. Then there is the anniversary of a horrific event, when we get to see the video all over again. How about remembering it in another way, without the violent video?
The way things are going in our country, we won’t need terrorists to terrorize us. Our own citizens are doing a good job of it.