With regard to your coverage (via The Washington Post) of the Santa Fe, Texas, school shooting (“Texas school had shooting plan, 2 armed police officers,” May 19):

Do others besides me find the latest excuses for gun violence both bizarre and deeply disheartening?

The story you published quotes people who claim that these assaults are a result of the lack of religion in public education, and others who think the answer is to make the buildings more like prisons by limiting the number of doors, “hardening targets” and arming teachers so that there are more guns, not fewer, inside schools.

What is it that makes it so difficult to acknowledge that guns are, in fact, the problem, and so easy to conclude that sanctimoniously praying for the victims is somehow an appropriate response for public officials?

Malcolm Burson


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