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Published: Sunday, February 10, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

No easy fix for complex problem

Americans are known to seek the "quick fix" when faced with a problem. Gun control is not a problem. It is a dichotomy. As explained in the Merriam-Webster dictionary, "a division or the process of dividing into two especially mutually exclusive or contradictory groups or entities."
There is no "quick fix" for gun control. On one hand are the rabid gun fanatics who fear the government will snatch their beloved weapons from their cold, dead hands. Secondly are the shy sisters who fear and loathe weapons in any form. The act of killing or violent sporting practices horrify these gentle souls who would see all weapons disappear forever. Another group are those who enjoy sports where some sort of weapon is involved, be it firearms, archery, or ax throwing.
Unfortunately, the world we live in will not countenance those who would live peacefully. There will always be violence on a personal, national or international level. Anyone who has been mugged well understands the need for a protective force. Anyone who has served during wartime well understands the need for an organized military.
Violence is rife throughout the Bible and history. The only single answer is education. Instruction must start at an early age, instilling a love of fellow man, recognizing violence for what it is, and understanding force is not an acceptable answer.
For those beyond educating, either because of attitude or mental illness, there is no hope. The attitude that force is met with force is a maxim once learned cannot be undone.
Peace-loving people living today must accept and live with the violence of those who know no other way.
We have accepted forces, police, military, and those who are personally armed to meet individuals or organizations who would force others to submit to their will.
It will take eons to change the attitudes of humans. The religions of the world advocate peace, but recognize the need for force to counter force.
It is sad but true, we must endure violence because there is no single solution to stop the killing.
Richard M. Brauer
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