Letter: Chattering 'hawks' discount the grim reality of killing

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To the editor:

In his book "On Killing," Lt. Col. Dan Grossman exhaustively discusses taking another person's life. Grossman, a combat-seasoned former ranger, makes the case that only 2 percent of the population can kill without it affecting them profoundly.

Grossman writes that those with the authority to proscribe killing neglect to acknowledge this grim reality.

Today, the bellicose statements of so many leave bile in my throat. In the name of some platitudes, it is too easy for "hawks" to send someone else to do their dying and killing.

Contrary to the tsunami of propaganda, violence has serious negative effects on a society, intended or not, acknowledged or not.

Jim Norchi,

Pittsfield



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