Reader Input: Transcend mere politics and help

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Re: “Newtown mourns as police look for answers,” (Journal, Dec. 16, 2012).
On Dec. 14, 2012, many people’s lives in the town of Newtown, Conn. were changed forever. A gunman entered Sandy Hook Elementary School and shot and killed 20 children who were only 6 and 7 years old and six adults. Because of this horrible tragedy, I believe that some laws should change regarding the possession of semiautomatic weapons. I also believe that people should keep a closer eye on individuals that are suffering from emotional problems and severe mental illness.
That Friday, President Barack Obama made the following statement in his address to the nation: “We are going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics.”
The Democrats and Republicans need to come together and make some new laws regarding gun control in the United States. Semiautomatic weapons do not need to be in the possession of people who are going to use them to do bad things and harm other people.
We also need to evaluate how we help our friends and family members that may be suffering from loneliness and social isolation. If these people cannot handle all of their emotional stress, they may break under all of the pressure and hurt other people, both physically and emotionally.
Please keep the victims’ families and the people of Newtown in your thoughts and prayers.
AVA NIETO, student, Auburn