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In the business of crime and accident prevention many questions are asked when an incident occurs. The "how" is just one question. To understand an event and try to prevent it from happening again, "why" tends to be the biggie.

An AR-15 is a tool — a "how" question. I would bet that 99 out of 100 of these weapons owned by private citizens are never fired at another human being. In relation to mass shootings "how" is beat to death. The question that is often downplayed or outright avoided is "why?"

I renounced my NRA membership when they supported Operation Iraqi Freedom/Dick and George. I would love to go back to bows and arrows, pump shotguns, bolt-action rifles, and six-shot revolvers. Never going to happen. And to say that police should be the only ones to have people-killing machines is not a conversation to have.

The "why" conversation is not taking place because big pharma and big ag would have to answer a lot of the questions.

Imagine a child subsisting on over-processed food, candy and energy drinks or Mountain Dew for his entire formative years.

Add to that the fact that schools push Ritalin on young children because they can't sit still! (little boys weren't made to sit still.)

Fast forward to the teen years, when harder and harder drugs have to be administered just so these kids can function.

These are the no-brainer "why" questions that for obvious reasons (campaign contributions) are being avoided.

When there is a serious traffic accident the first thing that is looked at is "was the driver under the influence of drugs or alcohol?" The type of car (the how), which actually could be a factor, is never mentioned. Surely an older, possibly underperforming vehicle or, on the other end, a high-powered sports car, could be blamed as much as a couple of beers.

The how is not an issue here. The car is unimportant most of the time. The person's state of mind, however, is critical.

To disregard the tougher questions is to consign our poor children to an ever-degrading standard of living and learning.

Armed guards and metal detectors in schools. Right.

Joe Lonsky