15 December 2012

The nation stops to mourn....and wonder why?

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?

What are your thoughts?

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  1. Couldnt agree more. I think we need regularion, better parenting, and higher security in places that have me heavens for shooters. I live in a highly militarized, relitively rual part of Alaska. We all have guns, many people carry them, kids shoot at young ages, and the community is united via college hockey and little league sports. Being somewhere where theres a 1911 or a glock in evrey glovebox and a AK-47 strung behind most peoples driver seat, I cant help but wonder why I cant recall a single violent death in my town. And its because nobody gets killed. I think Fairbanks is an ideal model of how gun ownership, and non-violent living can go hand in hand. I maybe too young to have memories of the 'ole days' but I know a few people who talk about times where kids brought shotguns to school so they can get a rabbit on the walk home. I dont think it would be right to blame videogames, war, or media for this decline in society. I play GTA, shoot my guns almost daily, watch the news, and south park and havn't been involved in violence since 7th grade when I kicked a kid in the head. That leave parenting as the last culprite. Underage, abusive, neglectful and otherwise unprepared or uncommited parenting is obviously the problem with America. Its not often you meet a shithead kid who came from a respectful father and commited mother. We will see less shooting when parents turn off the xbox and sit down to play monopoly together.and stricter restrictions would be the worsts solution, providing false security, and preping the public for furthur loss of rights my father fought 25 years for. I'll sooner be the madman on CNN than to hand over rights that my childhood friends have died for. Evreyone should be more worried about what caliber parent they are instead of what caliber rifle is in my truck

  2. Hi Theron,

    Certainly there are many contributing factors to the spree of mass killings that our country has had to endure, and all of those factors -- including the ones that you've highlighted -- should be examined. The sticking point for me in this debate is the "let's talk about everything except guns" approach. That just can't be right. Easy access to guns may not be the only problem, but I can't see myself agreeing with the guns are no problem at all approach. You wrote that you are in agreement with gun regulation. Unfortunately, many voices refuse to go even that far.

    1. A 1993 nationwide survey of 4,977 households found that over the previous five years, at least 0.5% of households had members who had used a gun for defense during a situation in which they thought someone "almost certainly would have been killed" if they "had not used a gun for protection." Applied to the U.S. population, this amounts to 162,000 such incidents per year. This figure excludes all "military service, police work, or work as a security guard.
      The problem is that schools do so little to protect kids that someone can walk from a car, across the parking lot into a school, and to a classroom without any trouble.

    2. I would like to know how many of those situations involved assault weapons. I would venture to say nearly none since I know for a fact that pistols are better for indoor urban environments. My job is the only one in which I see the need for such weapons.