Re "Police warned Navy about shooter," Sept. 19
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Gun violence is an epidemic in this country. This issue is not about politics or the 2nd Amendment, it's about public health. In Los Angeles County, guns are the second-leading cause of death for young men. If a disease were killing us at this rate, we would be using every tool to do something about it.
To those who say gun laws have no effect, research shows that of the 10 states with the strongest gun safety legislation, seven have the lowest rates of gun deaths. And the gun issue is not just about the mass shootings; more than half the young people who commit suicide with a firearm got that gun from their home.
Gun laws alone will not solve this, but they are a critical component of the systemic change that is required. There is a package of gun violence prevention bills on Gov.
The writer is the director of the Violence Prevention Coalition of Greater Los Angeles.
Another tragedy, another round of anti-gun fanatics demanding more gun control, trying to make it even more difficult for vetted, responsible citizens to enjoy their hobby. What about mental health? Do the anti-gun people know that the recent high-profile mass shootings have been perpetrated by people with mental health problems?
Stricter gun laws would only punish legitimate gun owners. California has some of the nation's strictest gun laws, but our crime rate is worse than some states with less strict laws.
Why do lawmakers say little about mental health, poor parenting, violent video games, bullying and other factors? Is it because it's easier to attack legitimate gun owners by demanding stricter gun laws?
Leave the vetted, responsible gun owners alone. We are not the problem.
What needs to be explored is why gunman
When as a society are we going to become more adept at providing psychiatric assistance to those who are suffering? I believe the 13 deaths in Washington on Monday represent a systemic, societal problem.
In a separate article, a close friend of Alexis asked a question that deserves an answer: "Why didn't they get him help?"
Guns don't kill people. People who are able to get guns because the