Every time there is a tragedy, 24/7 media immediately inundate us with the "who, what, when, where and how" scenarios of the situation.

Then they start on the motive. It seems to me that lots of people think that once we know the motive, we will also know the reason why. However, discovering the motive does not answer the question, "Why the motive?"

Thoughts and prayers and flags at half staff aren't cutting it anymore.

Am I sad? Yes, I am grief-stricken like any normal human. But the abnormal humans are not always just the ones who pull the trigger. These perverted ideas come from somewhere.

Until we seriously start asking ourselves why our enemies, be they foreign or domestic, hate us so; these atrocities will continue and escalate.

We must sincerely try to understand instead of conveniently deflecting the problem by simply playing the blame game.

And to those who deploy the "Let's put this behind us and move forward" attitude, I say that moving forward absent a moral compass will ultimately lead us to a cliff that the throng moving forward behind us will push us off.

As famed Notre Dame football coach Knute Rockne said: "Most men, when they think they are thinking, are merely rearranging their prejudices."

John McCue, Bangor