Life stopped for Pearl Harbor and 9/11. Why not for the Nashville shooting?

Members of the Lutheran Church Charities from Chicago, Illinois build wooden crosses at a makeshift memorial by the entrance of the Covenant School Tuesday, March 28, 2023, in Nashville, Tenn. Three children and three school staff members were killed by a former student in Monday’s mass shooting.
Members of the Lutheran Church Charities from Chicago, Illinois build wooden crosses at a makeshift memorial by the entrance of the Covenant School Tuesday, March 28, 2023, in Nashville, Tenn. Three children and three school staff members were killed by a former student in Monday’s mass shooting.

One of my biggest concerns about the Nashville shooting is that the nation will become inured to horrors like this.

Sure, some say we cannot bring the country to a standstill over this; that we should go about living our lives.

But we came to a standstill over Pearl Harbor, the JFK assassination and 9/11. We mourned and took steps to ensure these horrors would not happen again. And, for the most part they have not.

Thus, why can’t the nation do the same thing to prevent senseless violence with guns?

Steven M. Grogan, Sun City

The problem's not the gun. It's us

With every rampage shooting we get a predictable flare-up of people who don’t want to hold the mirror up in front of themselves. They want to blame someone, anyone, for people dying from a shooting.

It isn’t the gun. It has never been about the device.

The mirror we all need to hold to ourselves reflects our society.

More letters: I watched senators and was appalled at what I saw

Here is a fact: The gun used this week in that Nashville school could sit on the changing table of the nursery of that school, loaded, with a round in the chamber. And if no one touched it, 10 years from now, it would still be there.

It takes a human to use it for good or evil. Human beings have always done this.

The devices change over the centuries, but we as a species haven’t. If we focus on the device, we will overlook the real issue – us. People are not insane or mentally disabled. They do this with planning and forethought.

That is the scary part.

The gun cannot function and do what it was made to do without a human.

The gun did what it was made to do. When is the human going to do what it was designed to do?

Love and care for others.

Mark Williams, Phoenix

Montana also has many gun deaths

In response to Ray Jussila's letter to the editor headlined “Montana proves the well-armed can also be well-mannered,” the letter-writer failed to recognize that Montana has ranks among the higher states for firearm mortality, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

So, he's proven that even well-mannered people will kill one-another at high rates if guns are present in abundance.

Brian Smargiassi, Mesa

Put solar panels over our freeways

I've noticed a number of articles lately about putting solar panels over the canals, provoking objections that they would hamper maintenance.

Well, rather than putting them over the canals, why not put them over the freeways and interstate highways?

There are lots of bridges over those thoroughfares and they don’t seem to hamper road maintenance. There wouldn’t be traffic crossing those solar panels, so they wouldn’t have to be substantial.

And we’ve got miles and miles of roadway that are already government owned.

The government could put them up and then sell the power to the power companies to recoup the cost, much like they did when they built all the dams across the country.

Larry Hilliard, Phoenix

Senator needs how-to on tinfoil hats

Thanks for the update on my state senator, Justine Wadsack.

I sent her a YouTube video showing three different ways to construct a tinfoil hat.

This will allow her to search for facts she prefers, the ones that need no proof that she can use to convince anyone.

At least she will have a choice of hats.

Bert Gustafson, Oro Valley

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This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: Nashville shooting should make life stop, like 9/11 and Pearl Harbor