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It is painfully obvious that our society is gradually slipping toward what I’ll call “the gun solution.” It occurs when our first thought to resolve an angry dispute is to reach for a gun.

The recent tragedy in Mukilteo is yet other window on a dreadful trend that is happening in our society. A recent Times editorial [“Congress must lift ban on firearm research,” Opinion, Aug. 3] highlights the need to find out why we are too often resorting to this method of conflict resolution.

In the Mukilteo tragedy, it is not the fault of the Ivanovs’ parenting skills. They did it right by their kids. Rather, I believe we are the ones that should be implicated. It’s our fault that we have allowed ourselves to drift toward thinking that a gun is the answer to manage the hurts, affronts and emotional trauma that come at us as we live our lives.

We need to look to ourselves for the reasons and the answers, not the Ivanovs. We need to examine our own behavior and our own attitudes. What we think, what we will tolerate and, more important, what we are willing to do to reverse this trend. We have to stop denying the presence of the gun-solution. It’s on us. And it’s us who have to do something about it.

Pogo’s words apply here, I think, “We have met the enemy and he is us.”

Paul Heins, Redmond