Another school shot up by another messed-up person, and more innocent lives lost. It’s mind-boggling, it really is. Where does all this hate/apathy/disrespect come from? Why are these youngsters not learning how to manage themselves better?
Of course, the first cry out is that it’s all a gun problem. No, it isn’t, not really. That said, I live in NY, and we have some of the strictest gun laws on the books. And yeah, there should be some at the federal level that don’t exist at this point. There is no way anyone with a history of violence should be allowed to buy a weapon. I get that, and it’s time the NRA catches up to reality, and admits it, as well.
I grew up with guns, and the NRA. Hunting, competition, Military family and friends. I was ALSO raised to respect the rules, myself, other people, and understand about boundaries. If I screwed up, there were consequences and I paid the price. I might not have sat easy for a few hours, but I didn’t make that same mistake twice. People who know me will tell you : I have a NASTY temper. But not once in 50 years have I ever even thought about shooting anyone. A gun is an impersonal weapon. If I am angry enough to really want to hurt someone, it’s going to be with my bare hands. (Okay, so I might throw a bottle at someone’s head in a fight. Still have to be close enough to see their face to do that).
These mass shootings still aren’t about the guns so much as they are about the shooter: the one looking for their 15 seconds of fame; revenge for not being in the “In Crowd”; “Payback” for all the slights, real and imaginary. And it isn’t always a gun in their hand. Timothy McVeigh used a bomb in a rental truck in 1995, and murdered 168 people. He paid the price, since he was executed for that in June of 2001. September 11, 2001, religious fanatics used planes (and a couple of box cutters) to kill 2,996 people… and had no intentions to survive it themselves. In fact, it seems in most cases, the shooters don’t intend to survive. If the police don’t shoot them, they often shoot themselves. They just have no intention of going into that Great Unknown alone.
We need to bring back discipline, good manners, connecting with people…(I will not say “prayer in schools”, because I don’t recall there being organized prayer in public schools, and I don’t believe in it, since there are far too many systems of belief for a one-size-fits-all school prayer) We need to make it easier for parents to spend time actually raising their children….not just working to keep the bills paid. The current administration wants to cut funding for after-school programs… which will just make this matter worse, in the long run. We need to say “ENOUGH” and stop glorifying the bad guys with all the media coverage. The lines between “Entertainment” and “Reality” need to be more firmly established.
And we all need to hold our loved ones a little closer, a little longer.