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  • Frederick writes - concerning the recent tragedy in Connecticut and 20 people killed by a crazy young man - "People are the problem". That is true.

    "People" means US, also you and me, we are all people. We are all caught in the deep basic dilemmas of life; we all get desperate at moments. Thich Nhat Hanh would say “I am the killer and I am the killed". Carl Jung says," We are each and all light and shadow".

    So: you and me, Frederick, we are not exempt. We can go nuts, get a brain tumor (I think the Austin shooter was discovered with one after his murderous outbreak). Nobody can swear he or she will never kill, we can be so very sure and the next moment our world comes crashing down on us.

    Life is fragile and a human - being is fragile. With the right techniques any man (or woman) can turn into a monster.

    And Alex: I do not think that medications are the culprits. Of course there can be abuse; anything we have can be abused. I am not a psychiatrist, I believe that psychotherapy can help a lot, but psychotherapy has its limits also and I have seen many people being able to lead normal lives just thanks to these medications. I know people, who probably would have become killers of their kids and spouses without the psycho - medications we have access to today.

    Life can never be fully resolved, it will always be fragile. But knowing this: why would anybody fight for the right to be able to buy an AK 47 or other machine - gun in the next store?

    If you have a nervous breakdown, you might trash your furniture, break the windows, beat up the one in front of you, cut your wrists, but if you have a gun near - by you will very probably KILL.

    Last year handguns killed 48 people in Japan, 8 in Great Britain, 34 in Switzerland, 52 in Canada, 58 in Israel, 21 in Sweden, 42 in Germany and 10728 in the US!!!

    Of course, laws of restriction need to be enforced. Mexico has great laws of restriction in buying and carrying guns, but hardly ever are these laws enforced.

    You got 20 people killed two days ago. In Mexico in the last 6 years 90 thousand people have gotten killed senselessly. Help me: how many a day is that? All with guns that come from the US.

    The problem we can attend to is the immorality of the people, who produce and sell guns, they are the real culprits of these tragedies, much more so than the young mentally confused murderer or maybe his dysfunctional family. And as we all know: the people, who produce and sell fire arms, make BIG MONEY. If as a society we do not work to change this, we are ALL culprits.

    Why would any person, who does not produce or make money selling fire arms, fight for the right of others to do so? Don´t you see how fragile we are? How fragile also you are?

    Art by Kiki ( "Guns Kill")
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