We need to think differently about Sandy Hook

As an Engineer and Scientist I greatly respect the work of Albert Einstein. I particularly enjoy his ability to see and think from a perspective that is rational but that many people overlook. One of my favorite quotes of his (and there are many) is:

“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”Einstein Quote Gun Black and White


There have been many tragedies over the years, and they seem to be escalating. Sandy hook is a recent and horrific example. My heart and my prayers go out to the families effected by this tragedy. In reality I think that applies to almost everyone.

It seems as though the vast majority of people instinctively insist that the solution is either more or less guns. Guns are neither the problem nor the solution. We need to think differently about the problem.

My suggestion would be to focus not on firepower but education.

No, not education about firearms. If that was your first thought when I said education then you need to completely rethink the situation.

I mean reach out in your community, both to your own children, nieces and nephews, and to those who may not have someone to look up to, and read to them. Talk to them. Be there for them. It takes a village, and a child cannot have too many good mentors. When I was young it felt like adults were constantly asking me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I rarely hear adults ask children that question anymore. Maybe it’s just me, but those are the type of questions we should be asking kids so often that they roll their eyes at us.

“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales” – Albert Einstein