Killing in Duncan was predictable

Published: August 28, 2013
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Regarding “DA: Gun laws couldn't save Lane” (News, Aug. 23): The events in Duncan were indeed tragic. Hundreds of lives are affected because of the acts of a few. Although tragic, what happened in Duncan was predictable. It was predictable because we've become a nation of contradictions. We drop our kids off at school to be fed, educated and protected but become enraged at the teacher or principal who suspends them for bad behavior. We allow our kids to play violent video games that depict killing without consequences and rationalize it by saying it builds coordination. But playing baseball does the same.

We embrace government handouts but demonize capitalism, entrepreneurial spirit and hard work. We idolize those who get paid millions to play a game but scoff at those who are paid to protect us. Finally, we demand that lawmakers enact laws to keep us safe, but sue to demand that a monument to the basis for all law, the Ten Commandments, be removed from our houses of government.

Yes, the event in Duncan was tragic. But events such as this will continue until we correct our moral compass.

Matthew Dukes, Midwest City