A great tragedy has befell the country. A misguided child picked up a gun and shot up a school. Regardless of the spin you put on the event or how many memorials are done in the honor of the fallen it is what it is. A tale that all too often happens today, we would all agree. But what really is to blame?
There is a growing movement in this country to ban guns under the banner of protecting your children from just that kind of horror, but it won’t work. I can guarantee it won’t; a signed, stamped letter to the people with my face on it guarantee. How can I be so confident, you ask? Let me tell you a story from my childhood.
When I was in middle school the school was violent. Without giving names it was one of the worst in my area. It was bad enough that it had a moniker amongst those of us unlucky enough to be there: Little Beirut. It earned it because in my seventh-grade year we had a comparable amount of killings as Beirut in one school year. And by law we had to be there Monday through Friday.
The students that weren’t in a gang or didn’t have a criminal record like they were working up their resume were thrown into a meat grinder. Every day people were hurt, and almost every day there was an ambulance for someone. In mid-April of my seventh-grade year a sixth-grader was beaten to death in the middle of the street after school with two-by-fours and pipes because he bumped shoulders with a seventh-grader in the hall. The offended party said everything was fine and that there was no trouble, and promptly caught him right outside the side entrance of the school and beat him to death in the street. Nobody stopped them, nobody helped. They just called the cops and waited for the body to drop.
I assure you, I know school violence. I understand in painful, scarred detail how these children feel when they are lost, alone, and forgotten. They don’t care that video games are violent. They don’t care that Solid Snake smokes cigarettes or that Brian the dog drinks or that some new big rap artist is sipping gin and juice with his gat. They care that nobody else cares. They care that they have problems and that they aren’t going away. They care that they aren’t safe and they have to be there whether they like it or not, safe or not. Guns, no guns, people are going to die and it will be horrible. It’s a fact. Take away the guns and they will find a way. Everything can be used as a weapon. And don’t ever discount the inventiveness of a child.
Sadly, this entire gun movement is the government wrenching yet another right clean out of your hands. You are now in a social experiment, not America. You are a frog in a frying pan and you are losing. It started with terrorism and the widespread destruction of your privacy called “anti-terrorism” and it won’t stop until you can’t leave your state without swiping a card. If we let this pass and they take guns away from the common man we will lose all means of protecting ourselves from anything, including the government. Don’t ever forget that from the second this country was founded it was done so with the idea that THE PEOPLE run things, not the politicians. They work for us. We pass the rules. We enforce the rules.
Keep your guns. What you need to do is get involved in your children’s lives and actually care.