Following mass shootings over the weekend in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio that killed at least 29 people, we asked Facebook followers, “what can be done to stop violence?” Here are some of their responses:
Beth Cain Green: True conversations where we respect the other side and listen. We don’t sit down with people who think or look differently than us. We sit behind a keyboard and espouse only our views and truth and shame and denigrate those who don’t share it instead of engagement and talking. We all have something in common, we need to celebrate the sameness to be able to accept the differences – we need to see each other as people, as someone’s daughter and someone’s son.
April Hanson Whitener: Unfortunately, this is a heart issue. That’s where it starts. Parents are less involved and less strict, letting kids do whatever they want. I see so many issues as a teacher that didn’t exist years ago when I was growing up. Social media is one of the biggest issues. Also, news stations and newspapers need to report nothing but facts, and then let people make their own conclusions from those facts. No opinions inserted. Stop trying to tell people how to think, it makes them lazy and unwilling to do their own research. News used to be just that – facts. Let’s get that back.
Jason Loseke: Love and laws.
Nanci Osvai: I work in a high school. Each year I see the students getting worse. They have no respect for themselves or others. When you meet the parents you see why this is happening. Discipline your kids. Teach them respect. Don’t be so quick to give in just because it’s easier. Monitor social media.
Debbie Dombo: The machine that is Washington DC needs to stop fostering hate among groups
Mitch Martin: Require all citizens to open carry any weapon they choose
Becky Laney: Starts at home, but you have to have a hickory laying around.
Susan Firms Bost: The heart of man needs to be recreated by God. Out of the heart flows all issues of life. Murder, it begins in the heart. Politics can’t change hearts but God can.
Eric Lindgren: For one thing, stuff your useless “thoughts and prayers.” If it hasn’t work to this point, it’s time to try something else. Maybe quit voting for lawmakers that won’t move on gun control.
Michael Alvarez: This question is not a single sentence answer. To stop a virus you must know the cause. Then you must have people that are willing to put aside politics and fear tactics to work on the solution. Much of the cause comes from the society itself. We are dumbed down by DC politics, TV, news stations and publications glorifying the criminal by giving them five times the airtime and the failure of the generation before for not teaching the values their parents taught them or this one may be caused by the fact that if you punish a child for doing wrong the parents get punished by society. Our teachers are afraid to teach because of failure of our education system as a whole. Finally the constant finger pointing. Want to solve violence? Take ego and politics out of the game and start working together for better future with sensible legislation that punishes the criminal not the law abiding citizen. This problem has taken a long time to get as out of control as it is now that no single sentence or magic 8 ball will solve it. May God bless us and guide us to figure this out.
Caitlin Wagner: Nothing. The world has seen violence since the beginning of civilization. There’s actually less violence today than ever before, statistically speaking. Mass media exposes us to every incident, appearing as though violence is increasing.
Dana Schaeffer: Kindness, love, respectfulness
Ralph Ricci: Starting with POTUS, stop all of this talk that divides us. Stop marginalizing us to the haves v the have-nots
Angela Ayers Allen: More God less hate! Pretty simple.
Connie Sampson: Get rid of #dumpthetrump
Ramona Yarbrough: Unfortunately, nothing !
Betty Freire Dadonkin: Gun Control!
Karen King: Quit letting criminals out of jail