Last night on CTV Newsnet an anchor and a reporter were discussing the recent spate of shootings in Toronto. The anchor asked, "What is the problem? Does anyone know why there are so many shootings?" The reporter replies, "It's the guns. You don't hear of people getting stabbed or bludgeoned to death. It's the guns. So the solution is to get rid of the guns".

This is simply shallow, shoddy, investigative reporting. Had the reporter gone to the NRA for some serious study results she would have been told that in study after study it has been shown that "guns don't kill people, people kill people". To confirm this fact she could have checked with a Professor of logic at U of T. The professor would have told her if we got rid of all the people in the world but left the guns, there would be no killing. Ipso facto, it's not the guns; it's us.

We are the problem. Increasingly we are trying to fill the void in our own way, in opposing directions. The result is a growing sense of isolation. The more separated from each other we feel, the easier it is for us to pull the trigger or trigger the bomb for whatever reason.

Though we are the problem, we can also be the solution. It too is in our nature. The only solution is the ideal reaction to the void.
 (see poem)