Feel angst, not good about gun violence

In response to Mark Irons’ letter (“Curious about meeting,” Oct. 24), I did attend the recent community meeting about gun violence. For most of those on the stage, it certainly was a “feel-good” event. I imagine many of the speakers, particularly our elected officials, feel like they made some kind of difference with their speeches at the event. 

In reality I would characterize it as a “feel angst” event. The references to the “epidemic” or even “pandemic” of gun violence were great examples of fear mongering.

I would never argue that our current level of gun violence is acceptable, but I don’t think there is no “epidemic.” 

We seem safe in our homes and workplaces. We even seem safe on our streets (at least from guns). We are much more likely to be killed in or by a motor vehicle than by a firearm. I’m not saying the numbers are good, but there are greater dangers out there that don’t evoke the hysteria that guns do.

The part of the meeting I found most disturbing was the allusion to our children feeling afraid in their classrooms. Our children are safe in their classrooms. If they are afraid it’s because of sensationalist media and hand-wringing community meetings. 

If our children are really afraid in their classrooms it’s because the adults around them have failed. They haven’t failed to make them safe, they’ve failed to make them know they are safe. Let’s stop that madness.


Mike Fennelly