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The problems of mankind all have things in common. The greatest commonality is the “I want mine and I don’t care what it costs,” mentality.

Our children are dying and we won’t give up anything to stop the carnage. Don’t tell me that arming the schools is the answer because my child hasn’t spent his entire life at school. He went to playgrounds, walked on the streets and goes to concerts and nightclubs and all of those have been killing grounds. Don’t tell me that mental health is the issue. Prejudice, hatred and the desire for fame are common feelings. Don’t tell me that owning more guns is the solution. War has more guns than any other situation and wars are anything but safe. Don’t tell me that shooters will avoid heavily armed areas because they don’t want to die. Most of the shooters took their own lives.

Our children are being threatened by changes in our atmosphere and we won’t change our behavior so they won’t be devastated or killed. Don’t tell me that I can’t prove man made the problem. The problem exists and it must be stopped regardless of what is causing it. Don’t tell me that the problem is natural. What killed off the dinosaurs was natural too and I’m sure they, even with as little intelligence as dinosaurs, would still have tried to prevent it if they could have.

The saddest part of this is that we are not being asked to give up anything necessary. No one is asking us to go hungry or homeless. The answer to all this is to give up our excesses. Quit trying to prove you are something special by what you own and start actually being special by what you do. If our kids aren’t worth that, wow.

Eric Thompson, Bismarck

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