Gun and violence have become ubiquitous words. It is appalling America is known from abroad to have a culture in which the procurement and ownership of guns lead to the pervasive killing of students, worshipers and innocent bystanders, causing premature death in thousands. In the face of this prevalence, gun violence is declared a public health crisis, an epidemic of evil with hand weapons being the instruments.
Every tragic and sorrowful shooting prompts governmental action followed by disagreements and inaction. Citizens are acting, instead. Some activists want an Office of Gun Prevention. Some communities are establishing community intervention programs starting with young people who are on both ends of the gun, as drivers and victims of violence. These programs help with finding employment, tutoring, recreation, watching for red flags and teaching a better way to live. Appropriate consequences are meted out so there is no repeat of criminal activity. All these steps, as well as safe gun storage and red flag laws, bans on ghost guns and semi-automatic rifles and the pursuit of universal background checks are the right direction.