Sandy Hook was a failure of community, not of gun laws

Published: Saturday, Jun. 15, 2013 - 10:06 am

Re "We can't forget Sandy Hook" (Letters, June 14): I am sick to death about hearing that the Sandy Hook massacre could have been prevented if we had better and more gun laws. Sandy Hook was about a very troubled and disturbed child and a community that ignored a neighbor showing all the signs of being in distress, the growth of a bad seed. You reap what you sow.

Sandy Hook residents need to stop blaming the system for their tragedy and start taking responsibility for the misfortune they could have foiled if only they had kept their eyes opened as to what's going on around them.

Stop the political gamesmanship and suck it up. Let's promise ourselves to be more vigilant, more aware in the future of our surroundings and move on. More gun laws will not help. Common sense is what failed in Sandy Hook, not gun laws.

-- Richard K. Thompson, Roseville

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