Letters to the Editor

Prayers won’t bring back children lost to gun violence

Students and community members hold hands before classes at Paducah Tilghman High School in Paducah Jan. 24, in sympathy with victims of the Marshall County High School shooting the day before.
Students and community members hold hands before classes at Paducah Tilghman High School in Paducah Jan. 24, in sympathy with victims of the Marshall County High School shooting the day before. AP

On the shooting at Marshall County High School, Gov. Matt Bevin stated, “this shooting is unbelievable in a small, close knit community” setting.

May I remind him the parents of children in Paducah, Columbine, Sandy Hook, and now Benton know this is believable.

While the members of our state and federal legislatures take their time to pray, will it do any good to bring back our lost children?

Preliminary charges against the 15-year-old shooter include murder. If the gun was obtained at the child’s house, what about holding the parents responsible for not keeping the gun securely locked?

I know the people in Kentucky overwhelmingly support the right to bear arms as granted by our Second Amendment, but I think our Founding Fathers would be bewildered by the unwillingness to change (not overturn) a broken system.

The Constitution was written by brilliant people and there are provisions in that document that allow for change. My thoughts go out to all those involved with this horrible situation. It’s too late for prayers.

David Shafran, M.D.

Richmond

  Comments