Preventing shootings

We ended the year on a sad note with the terrible events in Newtown, Conn. Our prayers were and still are with those families.

Sadly, evil exists in the world. I wonder if our loss of moral direction in America, as in much of the world, doesn't have a lot to do with it.

It is sad, isn't it, you will find the Ten Commandments on the wall of the Supreme Court, but it's not allowed in our schools! When a child in school, is sent home for wearing a religious or patriotic shirt, expressing his First Amendment rights, it is OK why?

But, a video game producer, or Hollywood movie maker, for that matter, cannot be censored for glorifying killing, it's his right. (There is a video game about killing kindergartners, been out for 10 years).

Video game makers, and Hollywood, have dumbed down our children, with our permission! Making them think that violence is a game, a way of life.

I do not advocate taking away their First Amendment rights. I advocate for parental control. I want parents to realize and control what is happening to our kids, what they are playing, and seeing.

I want people to speak up when someone might have a mental problem, help them get help or treatment. The murderers in Newtown, Tucson, Columbine, Fort Hood, Aurora, were/are madmen and should have been noticed and stopped.

Violating our Second Amendment rights, imposing more gun controls, will not stop a criminal or a madman. They have no moral compass, and will always find a way to do evil. Would you outlaw knives, explosives, baseball bats, automobiles? They have all been used for violence against people, young and old, here in America and all over the world.

No new laws, rules or regulations will change the people, the people must change. Not by "executive order" or amendment to the Bill of Rights, but on their own.

Looking forward to a better year in 2013. Following our Constitution and Bill of Rights, God Bless America.

Virginia Walworth, Crescent City