To the Editor:
In Saturday's letter to the editor in the Kane County Chronicle, "Gun control cannot heal sick minds," Jerry Marchese referenced the school attack by a knife-wielding man in China that took place the same day as the Newtown, Conn., tragedy.
He failed to mention one salient point and left a very misleading impression to anyone who hasn't heard of that tragedy – none of the 23 kids wounded in that attack are dead.
Any solution or set of solutions to the problems of both mass and daily gun violence we suffer from must include better access to mental health treatment. I am not naive enough to think that more stringent gun control alone will solve the problems we face. They are too complex for any one solution.
But to ignore the availability of powerful assault weapons and the high-capacity ammunition clips that so many people can get, is equally naive. I have no interest in seeing gun control go beyond those issues. But I'm sick and tired of people using the "guns don't kill people, people kill people" excuse – and that's what it is, an excuse.
Comprehensive solutions to these problems include better mental illness screening and treatment – and fair, firm gun control and enforcement. I fail to see any reasonable solution that lacks both components.