The recent terrorist attack in Las Vegas is a terrible, troublesome situation. It is evident that there is no legal way to prevent something similar from happening again. More laws being discussed would do nothing to prevent another attack.

I am not in favor of banning all guns from the citizens. The statement that “guns don’t kill people, people kill people” is true. So the answer is to focus on the people. It is very common these days for people to say “it isn’t wrong unless you get caught” or “it is OK to cheat if you can by with it” or “I’ll get him before he gets me.”

It is OK to lie, to steal, to fraudulently receive food stamps and then sell them for drug money. It is OK to get prescription medication using welfare benefits and then sell the pills to someone else. It is OK to frequent the numerous food kitchens and/or churches for food when you are perfectly able to buy food at a store. It is OK to cheat on taxes or live off the welfare system when you are very able to get a job, but you don’t.

It is OK to be very wealthy and want more loopholes in the tax codes rather than pay your share. It is OK for officials to waste the taxpayers dollars with projects that are not needed. It is OK to waste money on drugs, cigarettes, alcohol or lose it at the casino and then expect someone to provide free food and meals.

This thought process, this behavior, is like a cancer growing in our society. Every sane person knows you do not cure cancer by ignoring it or feeling sorry for it or accepting and condoning it or hoping it will change into a healthy situation if given enough chances. You have to fight it with whatever tools you have at your disposal.

One of the tools we have is the judicial system which could be effective if it was administered properly; which is not now being done. There is very little reason for a person who is proven guilty to have any incentive to change his or her behavior. Practically nothing is done until the illegal activities have become atrocious. By that time it is quite unlikely the individual will even try to amend his ways.

The answer is to administer corrective action and discipline early rather than later when the behavior has become a way of life. The cancer then is beyond control. The individual responsible for the Vegas attack evidently was raised in an environment of criminal activity, lack of respect for law and order and running from authority and accountability. His obviously had an impact on his behavior.

Perhaps excessive leniency on those criminals proven guilty in Clinton is leading to an increasing degree of disrespect. More and more people are being exposed to, and associate with, criminals who laugh at our courts and our authorities. As long as this continues, the situation in Clinton will keep deteriorating and crime will continue to escalate. The cancer will become fatal. I, for one, don’t want to see this happen. Do you?

Arnold Meyermann,

Clinton

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