To the Editors:

Carlton Chen is partly right when he attributes our uniquely high rate of mass shooting occurrences to mental health issues. However, if mental health was the main issue other developed nations would have similarly high mass shooting events. This is clearly not the case.

The U.S. experiences mass shootings at a rate which is many, many times higher than that of other nations. What makes the U.S. unique is easy access to purchase weapons and the huge volume of weapons already in circulation. It is time to implement what the vast majority of Americans think is needed —comprehensive background checks for all gun purchases and an outright ban on military style semi-automatic weapons and large magazines.

Richard Creeth

Wilton, Sept. 4