- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 18, 2012

As a gun owner, I know and understand the rights and feelings that owning a gun gives the ordinary citizen. However, it isn’t the criminals whom I and the rest of America should fear. It’s the teenagers and young adults, these social misfits with psychological problems, whom Americans should fear the most.

This unbalanced subgroup of the population should be easily recognizable by now, but we as a society continue to deny they have problems. We hope they will grow out of it and we look at their behavior as the product of awkwardness, social shyness or just plain quirkiness. Yet those close to them fail to see what’s going on. They don’t ask the right questions or spend enough time with them, or they just look away and hope for the best.

Parents, teachers and friends of young people with these traits need to have real conversations with their school advisers, friends, counselors and anyone else who can shed some light on these children’s behaviors and tendencies.

Sadly, it has become all too clear that members of this subgroup commit 99 percent of these horrific crimes in America year after year, and with increasing frequency. Americans should wake up and realize that gun control starts at home. Those who live with a disturbed individual should remove the gun temptation while getting the young person some real help.


JIM WHITE

Lake Mary, Fla.