Re "Connecticut school shootings" (Page A1, Dec. 26): As a mental health professional, mother, and grandmother I'm heartsick about the sad loss of life by guns in our country. While there are steps our government can take to help reduce the number of tragedies related to guns, the most effective answers are available to everyone, now.
Perpetrators of these events have recognizable warning signs. If noted by their families, they can be prevented from acting on their worst destructive impulses.
Simply put, if you have a teen or adult male in your family who has a history of depression, is preoccupied with violent topics, has talked about a wish for his own or others' deaths, remove any weapons from the home and do what you can to prevent future access. Seek help from others if you are too fearful or for any reason can't accomplish this on your own. Act today.
-- Carol A. Voyles, Sacramento
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