On Friday December 14th a 20 year old male went to an Elementary School and killed 20 children and 6 adults. This isn’t the first time there’s been a mass shooting at a school, and I’m sure it won’t be the last.
As a father this hit me hard. I have actively been avoiding its coverage as there has been a lot of, in my mind, morbid sensationalism in the press to serve & fill the 27/7 news cycle about this incident. There’s also a lot of public outcry, here in America, about gun control as well as the treatment of mental health. Facebook and Twitter are flooded with opinions.
Growing up in a country without an inherent “gun culture” has given me a certain view of the world. Now, don’t get me wrong. Britain has never been a wholly “safe” place – We have gangs, serial killers, rapists, armed robbery, and as I child/young adult I had to navigate the continual threat of being blown-up by the IRA.
Over the past few days I’ve had some thoughts running through my head and needed to get them down somewhere:
- The sole purpose of a gun is to kill something – Nothing else
- There is absolutely no need for anyone to own a semi or fully automatic gun
- There is absolutely no need for anyone to own more than one “live” gun (I don’t count replica’s or decommissioned historical guns)
- There is absolutely no need for anyone to own hollow-point, armor-piercing, or any other kind of specialized ordnance
- We are a mess of emotions & chemicals that constantly effect our thinking and behavior
- Some just have a hard time coping with life
- Some are intolerant and self-serving, and we’re all pretty crap at empathy
- No one has the right to take another’s life
Adding taxes, increasing the age of ownership, or tightening existing laws aren’t going to change anything. If this type of carnage is to stop you have to get rid of these types gun, and stop the media glorifying the reporting of instances where it happens. Period.
And that won’t happen until a certain section of the American population can stop acting like spoiled children and come to terms with the fact that they don’t live in the rural 1700’s, under threat of a Redcoat invasion (believe me, we don’t care about re-capturing “The Colonies”) , and join the rest of us in the 21st Century.
FYI – I’ve closed comments on this post, and I’m not looking to engage in conversation about this here, on any other platform.