Violent mentality is worse than guns

Dear Editor:

Undoubtedly, there is a great need for gun control but that is not the only thing needed. We need to change the violent mentality that has invaded our society. Children are born innocent. Circumstances and exposure to violence as they grow mold their personality. Who they pal around with can affect their actions. Their minds should be fed with positive not negative things. Education provides the tools for becoming a self-sufficient adult. Realistic priorities should be set. They need to be taught right from wrong, respect for life, responsibility for their actions and consequences for doing wrong. Self respect and self discipline are ingredients for a successful life. They need to be loved and to know that they are lovable and capable. Maybe I sound unrealistic. However, where do you start but at the beginning?

I am always saddened when I read or hear about another killing. We are always in a state of mourning for lives lost in a senseless act of violence. May God grant peace to the families and friends of all of the innocent victims. Their loved ones have left their footprints in this world as they have pulled at our heart strings and have become a catalyst for change in our life style. God Bless!

Marlene Jeziorski
Oak Lawn