Editor, Casa Grande Dispatch:
I'm not a journalist, so I am OK with my opinions being fact-checked. It seems like a lot of people are throwing stones at each other for who's to blame for our society's ills. We all want a simple answer to a much more complex, emotionally troubled problem. Most of the mass shootings that have taken place seem to be by mostly young white men in or from fairly affluent neighborhoods. This suggests to me that there are underlying socially emotional issues that are affecting this segment of the population. I don't think we can arm our way to safety as long as there is discontent within our population. When we had religion in our schools, it seems like our children were more at ease and better able to cope with the stresses of the world and it's differences. Those guiding lessons that we were taught helped us be more forgiving of those who "cast stones at us" and enabled us to move on and learn how to deal with and treat others with civility even after being treated poorly by others.
"Love your enemy" gave us the compassion to not seek revenge on those who "trespassed against us." When we were taught "the Golden Rule," we learned to be compassionate toward those who did not live by those same principles. Jesus, God, is not just the savior for America but for the world and it is up to us to invite all people to be part of his Kingdom, not build barriers to keep them out. We need to teach people, who were not taught, the ways of God and "to do unto others as we would have them do unto us." Guns may not kill people in the literal sense, but they do create divisions of fear among us all.