We need real leadership

To the editor:

Complex problems are not solved with simple, single-focused solutions, but rather by layering risk mitigation strategies that address their multiple causes.

For example, when Americans recognized a growing (and unacceptable) number of deaths and serious harm caused by automobile crashes, we attacked the problem on many fronts: Seat belts, shoulder straps, child seats, air bags, crumple zones, strict DUI rules and enforcement, designated driver education campaigns and many more. It was the implementation of multiple solutions (tightly linked to many specific causes) that enabled us to significantly decrease death and serious harm resulting from automobile accidents. Notice that some of these strategies are designed to decrease the severity of the outcome of a crash, and others are designed to decrease the probability that there will be a crash.

Certainly, there were those who correctly claimed that “laws won’t prevent a mentally deranged person, or a drunk person from getting behind the wheel and crashing their car.” However, we didn’t let that truth stop us from doing everything we could to either prevent future crashes or ensure that those involved suffer the least possible amount of harm.

I implore each of us to change our dialogue surrounding the epidemic of mass shootings in our country. Stop the false narrative that, because a single strategy will fail to prevent all incidents, it isn’t worth discussing or implementing. Recognize that many facts can be true, and many people can be right, but that solutions don’t lie only within being right.

Our nation is crying out for real leadership, those brave enough to focus on the facts surrounding these horrendous incidents, come to the table with pure intentions, and address the multiple causes common to these shootings and the destruction left behind.

Cathy J. Kenny