EDITOR'S DESK: Examining the possible roots of mass violence

Published: Saturday, February 18, 2012 at 04:33 PM.

Perhaps all these pieces form the tapestry of a problem.

Now let’s break it down.

If gunswere harder to obtain, fewer guns could end up in the wrong hands — in a perfect world.

Such a scenario could backfire, critics say, as criminals typically wouldn’t honor permit laws. Outlaws can find guns elsewhere, making law-abiding citizens particularly vulnerable.

What about blaming God?

Few want to believe a good and just deity would allow innocents’ bloodshed. But I think it’s more complex than God punishing wayward people.

Chaos happens when community weakens.

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