- - Monday, August 5, 2019


If the president and Congress believe strong background checks on prospective purchasers of guns will be sufficient to stem the increasing terrorist attacks, they are naive (“Trump on guns: Republicans and Dems must come together and ‘get strong background checks,’” Web, Aug. 5). The strongest driving force for these massacres has been an unrestricted Internet, over which there is little chance of control.

Although many favor stricter gun-control laws as a bulwark and even a possible solution to mass shootings, there is another action that should be tried and administered immediately: Public schools should give a compulsory course on the dangers and consequences of hatred. The course could be taught anywhere from middle school to the senior semester of high school. In conjunction, a parallel course should be given to teachers.

Restriction of the Internet, while desirable, does not seem possible. And these murders continue despite other suggested protective measures. Will education counteract the messages of hate being constantly disseminated on the Internet? Perhaps not, but it is at least worth trying.


New York

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