Mass shootings show the devaluation of human life

Richard Vatz's chilling commentary (“What if Paddock did it because he's evil?,” Oct. 10) recalled testimony I offered in the copycat crimes following the Colombine, Colo., high school massacre. In every case, young men killed without full appreciation of the devastating impact on families and communities. They shot without empathy. The gratuitous violence wreaked by Paddock is a grim commentary on the devaluation of human life in the search for a novel, twisted experience of murder for evil's sake. What is a child to think?

Dr. Daniel Levy, Owings Mills

The writer is past president of the Maryland Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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