The events in Newtown, Connecticut have touched the hearts of every parent in America, leaving us all wondering why.
http://www.gaynycdad.com/2013/01/boys-guns.htmlEvery day parents send their kids to school with the expectation that their day will be filled with reading, writing, math, science etc... No one sends their child to school thinking that the day will be one that is filled with the sound of gunshots ringing, the sight of classmates dying, and the possibility of being murdered by a madman with an arsenal of weaponry. Faculty became the sole line of defense for elementary students instead the educators that they are. The event has government officials scrambling to restore a community and reassure the public.
Immediately the media has turned this latest incident of domestic terrorism into another political debate. The war on gun control is now at the forefront of discussion across the country. In typical fashion society has accepted the opinions of those who give us the "news" and pointed the finger at the government. I think it is mistake to look at things from such a narrow perspective.
Should gun ownership and dealership be regulated? Yes. Is it the source of the problem? No.
Individuals that commit these type of crimes are going to continue the violence regardless of whether guns are readily available, Timothy McVeigh taught us that. We must get to the root of the problem, find out why these killings are happening more frequently.
Three things jump out when you begin to analyze several of the different attacks that have occurred recently, all of which point back to society itself. First, we ignore the warning signs by letting those who have been diagnosed with mental illness continue to be untreated. Second, our society has coddled our children to the point that they cannot accept rejection. Lastly, it has become the norm for men to grow up with out positive male role models in their life. When are we going to take a step back and try and fix ourselves?