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COLUMN: More to Issue of Violence than Guns
Start Date: 12/18/2012Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 12/18/2012End Time: 11:59 PM
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By State Sen. Mike Delph (R-Carmel)

This morning, the Indianapolis Star published an article regarding the recent gun violence in Connecticut and its impact on Indiana. I would like to further elaborate my beliefs concerning this issue as my complete statement was not included in the article.

As the father of five daughters, I am sickened and heartbroken over the tragedy that happened in Newtown last week. I cannot imagine the pain of losing a child. My prayers are with the families during this incredibly difficult time.

In the wake of this horrific event, we as a nation must take a closer look at the factors contributing to so many incidents like this one in recent years. Unfortunately, evidence suggests tougher gun laws will not make any difference in stopping evil people from harming the innocent. It is our culture that must change.

As many people call for tightened gun legislation, it should be noted that Connecticut’s gun laws are already strict. Gov. Dan Malloy himself admitted that of all 50 states, Connecticut likely ranks fourth-most aggressive in trying to limit access to assault weapons.

More than anything, what this shows is that stricter gun laws, while noble in intent, have not proven to make us safer as a society. This tragedy is more telling of the coarsening culture under which America currently lives. From violent video games that devalue and dehumanize human life to television and movies, popular culture must be an issue that is vigorously examined.

After reading reports on the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, many questions came to my mind: “Could violent video games and movies have contributed to the evil and dehumanizing mindset that would plan such a horrific attack on innocent children?” “Did the breakdown of the gunman’s family, specifically his parents’ divorce, contribute to his end state?” “If there were known mental health problems in the family, what role, if any, did the father play in addressing and solving these issues? In short, where was Dad?” These matters and more are all things we should consider when we assess this evil event and what could have been done to prevent it.

Our country must also do more to address the topic of mental illness. Many have speculated this could have contributed to the gunman’s pre-meditated attack. Could similar instances be prevented if we take the right steps to ensuring those with mental health issues have the support and resources they need?

Society is quickly breaking down through the loss of family values and faith. If we are to keep tragedies like this from happening again, we must re-strengthen our commitment to the traditional principles our nation was founded on and give our children a better environment through which they can grow and prosper.

In Article I, Section 32, the Indiana Constitution reads, “The people shall have a right to bear arms, for the defense of themselves and the State.” The original Constitution added, “…and that the military shall be kept in strict subordination to the civil power.” This is, therefore, a very broad liberty given to the individual that has served the State of Indiana well since 1816.

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Name: Tracy Lytwyn
Phone: 317-234-9221
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