I didn’t know any of the victims personally, and I feel sick to my stomach thinking about the tragedy at Sandy Hook. I can’t even begin to imagine what the families are going through.

So many people are offering a definitive prescription, a monolithic cure-all that will magically stop this violence and make our children safer. Few people seem to be really listening.

Perhaps we need a more holistic examination – consideration of all possibilities, including gun control, mental health care, education, the role of pharmaceuticals, family, relentless violence in popular media, foundational values of our nation, the deification of the deeply disturbed people who commit these crimes.

I don’t know the answer, but I am encouraged by the discussion that is taking place.

Thank you for your beautifully articulated post, and thank you for encouraging dialogue instead of monologue. I am listening.