Who wasn't shocked and disheartened by yet another tragic mass shooting, this time in Aurora, Colo.?
Like millions of Americans, my wife, Gena, and I send our heartfelt condolences and prayers to the victims of this murderous spree and their families.
We, too, commend the heroes who gave their lives to save others. Truly, every victim of this reprehensible executioner is in some way heroic, for the victims were injured or died in the midst of a culture war in which even our theaters and schools have become battlegrounds.
Moreover, we salute and support the Colorado peace officers, emergency medical and relief personnel, bomb squads, counselors, crises management workers, etc. -- all of whom care for violent crime victims and rally to reduce the increasing tides of illegal conduct and misguided behavior, just as their colleagues across our country do.
As Americans, we are all concerned with figuring out what we can do about the increase in violent crime. Marisa Randazzo, a psychologist who contributed to an extensive study of school shootings for the Secret Service, said, "The intensity and frequency of the attacks have increased since the events at Columbine."
So how can we continue to help reduce and prevent violent crime in our communities?
First, as with most societies' ills, the key to curbing crime is not more government expansion and spending. Nor is the answer dissolving our Second Amendment rights; countries with super-strict gun ownership laws have equally violent crimes and also proved that taking guns from good guys doesn't prohibit bad guys from obtaining them. Our Founding Fathers had a far better solution than more government and taking away guns from law-abiding citizens.
Though our founders initiated our government, they didn't expect it or the law of the land to establish and maintain civility. As proud as they were of their newfound republic, they would turn to and trust in God and "We the People" to usher in life, liberty, happiness, decency, respect, morality, honesty and restraint, to name a few.