I had planned for most of the weekend to write today about what a great job the Ottawa Rotary Club did hosting their annual Little Nashville event in Ottawa Friday night.
As first time visitors to the popular event, I was amazed at the size of the crowds that packed the down town area and 8 liquor establishments in the community enjoying live music, adult beverages and a beautiful summer evening.
That was until I learned like the rest of you early yesterday morning that the latest mass shooting incident, in Dayton’s popular Oregon nightclub district, had left 9 people dead, and some 30 others injured.
It hit home for me because one of the bars near where the latest massacre occurred was one we have planned to visit and the people gunned down were just enjoying a nice summer weekend as we had done hours earlier in Ottawa.
The shooting incident in Dayton, and another in El Paso Saturday are sparking the expected calls for tighter gun control laws.
There’s little doubt that some new legislation will result because politicians will be compelled to react as they often do with new laws.
However it seems to me that there will never be anything resembling an end to the plague of mass shootings until we recognize as a society that there really is such a thing as Evil, and that there are some people who just need to be institutionalized for their own protection and ours too.
Early in my career, places like the Lima State Hospital for the criminally insane were closed down after it was determined that to house people in such institutions was inhumane and since it and other institutions like it were closed
People with profound mental issues are left to live with the general population and that is proving to be a very serious problem.
It’s also obvious that we’re doing a really bad job providing help to people with mental health issues, even those which have been clearly identified.
We really do have to do better.
That’s the way I see it.