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Knee-jerk reaction won’t stop shootings

We are all saddened by the horrific events in Newtown, Conn. Again another example of mental illness rearing its ugly head. We are all hurt by such tragedy and violence. But we should not allow our raw emotions to dictate ill-advised “swift action.” We need to consider more people are killed by drunken drivers every day than by gun violence, yet no one calls for taking away every automobile. After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, we would not consider getting rid of all but military aircraft simply because planes were used in the mass slaying of innocent life.

Now is the time to look at the real cause of gun violence and recognize it is mental illness and a lack of self-responsibility, not the tools used by the insane.

The liberals will no doubt try to use this tragedy to further their short-sighted agenda. Let’s not be fooled.

Thomas Rommel Jr.

North Boston