In a letter published in USA Today, Dr. Ascher responds to the mass shootings in a Colorado movie theater.
A history of trauma is likely informing the different ways the public tries to cope with their grief, either by passionately calling for more gun control or fiercely defending one’s right to protect themselves with guns in the face of violence.
This is not the time to assign blame to one another. This is a time to listen to the victims and their loved ones, and allow them to mourn in their own way.
The road to healing is through teaching empathy to our children and validating their feelings and experiences. Furthermore, we all have a responsibility to reach out and lend support to people who might be outcasts, living on the fringes of society, and encouraging them to seek help.
Michael Ascher, M.D.; New York City
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