Topic The Gun Control Debate Thread.
16 Dec 2012 18:44
Has anyone noticed that all these shootings occur where guns ARE NOT ALLOWED? schools, shopping malls, theaters. All places where legal, sane gun owners are not allowed to take their weapons. When someone decides to do this, they know no one going to stop them. Instead of taking guns away they should allow them everywhere. Will it stop the crazy/criminal people from trying? no. Will it limit the causalities? I really think it will.
I have no problem with making gun laws stricter as far as being able to get them. I think everyone should be trained (extensively) in how to use them and have to pass a mental health check yearly. Taking them away will accomplish nothing as the "war on drugs" has proven. If someone wants something, and are willing to pay for it, then they will find a way to get them. I would really rather have something to protect myself with than have to wait on police who are understaffed, overworked and quite a distance away. This is america, pizza can get to your house faster than the police.
To me the real question is not about the guns, but how our society allows people to get to this point. I believe this is several problems rolled into one. I believe part of this is the media glorifying what they did and splashing the shooter all over the news. They are celebrities, everyone knows their name. They were nobodies in life but in death, they are famous and known across the world. The media needs to stop this. The focus should be about the victims not the killer.
We know all the shooters in things like this are friendless and alone. We know this yet, we as a society do nothing when we see the odd kid walking down the hall getting bullied. No one bothers to eat lunch with the guy who always sits alone. We do nothing to connect with them as human beings. No one cares about them, why should they care about anyone else. We as a society can not continue to ignore others and still expect them to be care about what happens to you later. It doesn't work that way.
We know they come from broken homes, either divorce or some time of abuse is going on or both. People who are close to the families say they knew they were struggling but they didn't want to interfere, didn't want to get involved, so they sat on their hands and did nothing. these people have no support network, they feel alone and are rightly, angry with how their life is going. They have no one to vent to, no one to hold them when they cry, to understand their pain.
So i ask you, when was the last time you stepped out of your comfort zone and stood up for someone? Did the right thing and told the bully to shut up? Told HR that your boss was unfairly coming down on so and so? Decide to take the time to get to know the loner, the goth, the weird person at work? Ate lunch with a stranger because they looked lonely? Its not that hard to makes these stop, we just need to care about everyone so they in turn will care about us.
i had one friend, who years later confided that when i made friends with them, i not only saved them, i probably saved a lot of people in the school as well. Did i stop my school from being the next columbine just because i decided that while i was in school, no one would be alone like i had been in the past? I don't know. All i know for sure is that i had over 30 friends in school. All the people who no one wanted to hang out with. The geeks, nerds, weirdo's, gay's, lesbians, bisexual, anyone that the majority of the school rejected we took in. They were lonely, angry, struggling with life at home, some were suicidal or just plain weird. We gave them a network of people to come to, to vent and laugh and socialize. I didn't know how important what i did was, until years later when my friends all had families of their own, jobs and homes of their own.
When i hear about these shooting and suicides on the news. People raising hell about guns and security, it makes me angry that they want to try and slap a big band aid over it by changing laws or taking things away instead of getting to root of the problem. There is no law that will fix the problem. If they take away guns, these people will still be angry, lonely and will just use knives or bombs or poison. stopping events like this will take the american people deciding to give a damn about each other. To stop accepting divorce as a easy solution, to make marriage important again, to make family important again, to know our neighbors, to be tolerant of one another and to be kind to others.
There is a saying that it takes a village to raise a child. Its true, and it will always be true. Whether that child is 2 or 50 its still true. We need people to be happy. This issue isn't about guns, or video games or violence on TV, its a human issue about people being ignored, abused and neglected by their fellow human beings.