Posted for: Layla Godey
To the editor: Anyone who has witnessed or experienced a mass shooting probably will suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. If these victims do not have access to trauma therapy, they will suffer their entire lives from fears and disruptions that are unimaginable to people who have not been victims. (“‘We begged them’: Some Monterey Park shooting survivors feel left out of donations,” Nov. 13)
If society wants to take responsibility for the harm done to the victims of mass shootings, our representatives can do more than offer prayers and solace. They can create a fund, supported by gun and ammunition makers, to ensure that our neighbors and friends are treated for the horror that these weapons have wrought.
We should levy an additional tax on firearms and ammunition to help treat victims, including people who must live with the horror of gun violence.
Maybe then gun manufacturers and their supporters would think twice about marketing their wares to unstable, angry customers.
Dorothy Goulah, Sherman Oaks
To the editor: For the Monterey Park mass shooting victims who were not physically injured, they can potentially receive financial aid and assistance from the California Victim Compensation Board.
It can provide help with such things as income loss, medical and dental treatment and mental health services.
Sandra Carter, Long Beach
This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.