School Shooting Florida

Students hug each other after a vigil at the Parkland Baptist Church, for the victims of the Wednesday shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Parkland, Fla., Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018. Nikolas Cruz, a former student, was charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder on Thursday. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) ORG XMIT: FLGH117

Gerald Herbert

Apropos of columnist Eugene Robinson's article on guns and mental health issues, I beg to submit that the horrors of school mayhem have become a commonplace, ugly reality of our daily lives. The cult of ritualized random violence endangers civility.

There have been 300 mass shooting in the last three years (ABC World News, Feb. 14). Each carnage evokes outcries for gun control, more guns, and mental health services. A society that cannot protect its children, women, and the poor breaks the social contract that was meant to save us from ourselves. "Save the nonsense about 'good guys ...'", Robinson bluntly alarms.

'Guns don't kill people, people do' is the most pernicious defense of the Second Amendment. Absolutism of the mantras of guns, god, and greed — a paradoxical reality in the world’s most civilized nation — sustains a therapeutic culture which simply breeds monstrous freedom.


dean emeritus, LSU School of Social Work

Baton Rouge