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A lone gunman shot and killed at least 17 people, injuring 14 others, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. According to press reports, the gunman, a stone-cold killer with no moral conscience, was well-known to students and staff at the school for his violence and his mental instability.

While we all must pause to pray for the victims and their family as well as their friends who must go through this dark time, the time to act is now. We must address the issue of mental health, we must address the ongoing problem of gun-free zones that make people unsafe, and we must address a culture of violence.

While there is no doubt the left will once again demand a curtailment of the rights of honest Americans, the real problem here is with a system that cannot identify clearly abnormal, mentally unstable, and violent people and compel them in any way to submit to an evaluation. We will all be asking how and why this young man obtained a firearm considering his well-known mental state.

We need to stop the practice of disarming the innocent, we need to stop ignoring our ongoing mental health crisis, and we need to address a culture in which violence of this nature is glorified. It is not enough to pray for the dead or injured, and it is never right to deny innocent people their rights or to strip them of their means of self-defense, all because our politicians refuse to deal with the real problem.

We need to stop the practice of disarming the innocent, we need to stop ignoring our ongoing mental health crisis, and we need to address a culture in which violence of this nature is glorified. It is not enough to pray for the dead or injured, and it is never right to deny innocent people their rights or to strip them of their means of self-defense, all because our politicians refuse to deal with the real problem.

While there is no doubt the left will once again demand a curtailment of the rights of honest Americans, the real problem here is with a system that cannot identify clearly abnormal, mentally unstable, and violent people who make repeated threats to others (as he did) and compel them in any way to submit to an evaluation. We will all be asking how and why this young man obtained a firearm considering his well-known mental state.

We need to stop the practice of disarming the innocent, we need to stop ignoring our ongoing mental health crisis, and we need to address a culture in which violence of this nature is glorified. It is not enough to pray for the dead or injured, and it is never right to deny innocent people their rights or to strip them of their means of self-defense, all because our politicians refuse to deal with the real problem.