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Editor: 

In response to Herbert Townsend: I completely agree with his assertion about violence in the media and corporate responsibility. However, I do not believe that deaths caused by teen DUI/driving distracted (while using cell phones) and school shooting deaths are mutually exclusive. Nor do I believe that teens should be criticized for choosing their issues.

A major difference between DUI and distracted driving is that when legislation is proposed to increase restrictions on above behaviors, no corporate-backed consumer groups rise up in protest.

As a society, we seem to acknowledge that changing technologies bring convenience and new problems. Our legislators respond and we don't complain. Arrest impaired drivers. Cite driving texters. Keep our roads and highways safe from irresponsible drivers of all ages.

Another school shooting? Thoughts and prayers. And now defaming the children who are recognizing, standing up and pointing out the huge disconnect in attitudes about gun rights, mental illness, et al and AR15's.

These kids have something important to say based on their personal experiences and the right to say it. Go kids.

CHRIS BACON, Lusk

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