In response to the horrific school shooting in Parkland, Florida governor signed into law last week a bill raising the requirements of purchasing a gun from 18 to 21 years old. Shortly after this bill was passed, the NRA announced that they would be suing the state of Florida for infringing on the 2nd amendment rights of many of their citizens. This new lawsuit is stirring up a rather interesting debate over what should be the proper age to be to legally purchase a firearm. I always thought when an individual turns 18, he or she should be thought of an adult and be given many the same rights that adults have. Apparently that is not the case anymore.
I find it rather interesting that we send young people overseas to fight for our freedoms and liberties, yet we tell them they are too young to buy a firearm once they get back to the states. Something doesn’t seem right when you tell someone, who is fully trained to use a firearm, that they are tough young to purchase that firearm. I just do not get that line of reasoning and probably never will!
The legal age to vote in this country is 18. Voting is one of the most responsible things any person can do. However someone who is given the right to vote at 18 and have the awesome responsible to change policy is deemed not responsible to purchase and own a gun? Please!
Those who believe this new law will suddenly stop mass shootings are being extremely delusional, if not stupid. Nearly all mass shootings in this country occur by people over 21 years old. Raising the age requirement to purchase a firearm to 21 does ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to fix the problem. For every wacko under 21-year-old who wants to buy a gun to shoot up the school, there are thousands of responsible young adults who just want to buy a gun for recreational or personal safety. And by the way, that wacko student more times than not might just use his parent’s guns. Just a thought to consider.
It is unfortunate that so many knee jerk reactions are taking place in response to a few violent incidents. I am all for proper gun safety and keeping guns out of criminals hands, but lets not take away the much deserved rights of so many great young people in this country. A person who is responsible enough to vote is also responsible enough to purchase a firearm. It is really sad that we know are telling those who put their lives on the line for this country with the use of firearms that they are old enough to buy a firearm. How crazy is that?!!
In the aftermath of the Florida school shooting on Valentine’s Day, there has been a ton of discussion and debate on the best ways to protect our children from having this tragic event happen again at another school. Some of the ideas are foolish and will not solve anything, such as those who feel we need more gun reform or perhaps shut down the NRA. Others are more logical; having armed and trained staff on hand at schools seems like a decent idea to begin with although I see some concerns with that plan as well. Regardless, I am resigned to the fact that protecting our kids at these schools in this day and age might be one of the biggest challenges this country has ever faced.
Last week, a number of students walked around the country walked out of class to demand tougher gun control laws. Members of Congress are taking heat these days for allegedly doing nothing in regards to gun reform and many are being criticized for taking money and donations from the NRA. While I can sympathize for those students and understand the emotion that still lingers, newer gun laws will not fully protect our children from some nut case walking into a school and doing a lot of mayhem. Lets say that we ban assault guns. I am sure many gun grabbing lawmakers will grandstand and celebrate over that new law. Does anyone believe for a minute that will prevent some criminal from obtaining one? Perhaps this individual will have a tougher time obtaining one, well what about hand guns? Are we going to ban all hand guns as well? The person responsible for the mass shooting at Virginia Tech used a hand gun to do his work and nearly twice as many were killed.
Now lets suppose that we really restrict gun rights in this country so that the only people who could use them are law enforcement officers and military personal. Normal citizens are not allowed to own any type of firearm. I am sure that many leftists in this country could only dream of that type of scenario. We have finally made our schools safe for our children, right? That is until some disturbed kid makes a pipe bomb, puts it in his backpack and kills several students when it explodes. And believe me, it is not that hard to make a small bomb that could kill hundreds at any school or any public place. If that unfortunate event happened, are the gun grabbers going to now call for a ban on fertilizer and pipes? Do you get my points? There are multiple ways that some wacko kid could kill students. If we take away one weapon, they will just use another. A student or any individual intent on causing great harm to a school will find some way to do so. There is little that we can do from stopping it.
Nearly of all the recent mass school shootings were done by individuals who left hints of their upcoming intentions. These clues were not followed up on and the results were tragic. If we are going to stop further school shootings from taking place, we have to be tough on students who post on YouTube that they want to be the next school shooter. Or they exhibit some type of weird behavior that would indicate that something is just not right. I know some feelings and friendships might get severed in the process, but we need to start at the beginning. The FBI and law enforcement officials really should be at fault on this latest one. If they do not do their jobs, we can forget about our schools from ever being safe again.
Any student in this country should feel safe and comfortable when they attend any school. As a taxpayer, I demand that our schools be safe. But as the trend seems to be, the level of safety seems to be decreasing all the time. What can be done? Some of the best ideas probably don’t involve and type of gun control at all. We have always had a lot of guns in this country. Why is this suddenly a problem for many people? I think we as a society have to dig deeper into this problem before more innocent kids lose their lives. It is a big problem with many components to it. Some are not even being discussed, but should be very obvious.
Very few events bring about as much outrage in people as a school shooting. You have innocent kids who are victims and school is supposed to be one of the safest spots to send your kids. When that level of safety is broken, people have every right to be extremely upset and want answers. I fully understand why people are so upset that this horrific act happened. It was an event that could have been prevented, and naturally, there has to be some blame to go around. What I do not understand are the scapegoats who are taken the blame. Many folks have targeted members of Congress, the NRA or even the President as people responsible for this school shooting to happen. If you are going to start playing the blame game, lets start with those who deserve the most blame.
For starters, lets begin with the FBI. Not one, but two very credible tips were given and not followed up on by that government agency. If someone posts something to my social media page saying that they want to be a school shooter and I call authorities to express my concerns, I would expect them to follow-up on my tip and track this individual. Nothing was done in this case. The fact that a government agency who has a sole responsible of keeping American citizens safe dropped the ball should cause everyone to be outraged. Why more folks are not as outraged over this incompetence of great magnitude is baffling to me.
Congress has been another target of many people, particularly Republican Congress members. Democratic politicians have wasted no time in grandstanding this event in an effort to gain political points. Former President Obama came out shortly after the shootings and lectured us on how we need much tougher gun control laws. Funny but didn’t he have 8 years to accomplish that mission? And didn’t he have a fully majority in both the House and Senate for 2 years? I find it rather disturbing that many politicians are using this awful event as a way to gain votes when both sides share some of the blame. But the truth is, what new laws would have stopped this shooting? You can have all the new laws you want, but if law enforcement agencies do not do their job and enforce these new laws, they are totally useless. This is what happened in this event. I am sure any criminal will have an overwhelming desire to follow new laws for obtaining guns, right?
The sad reality is that we now live in a very violent culture at the present time. Coming up with a solution to prevent future school shootings is very difficult. These events seem to inspire other nut cases who would just love to perform these evil acts. The Columbine killers were heroes to these guys. If we take away every gun in this country, all 250 million of them, these evil cowards will just find another way to do harm. What is going to stop some disturbed kid from bringing in a bomb to school? It would be very easy for someone to carry a bomb in a backpack. It would cause even more harm than a gun. People who think that a lawmaker can suddenly just wave a magic wand and prevent more school shootings are extremely delusional. It is a much bigger problem than just enacting new and tougher gun laws.
We all have some role in stopping further school shootings. If you are a parent, you have a strong obligation to raise that kid the right way so they understand and appreciate the value of human life. Somewhere in past 50 years, we as a society have diminished the importance of raising a strong family and it is showing these days. Perhaps this might mean showing some tough love to your kids and infringing on their privacy if you suspect some irrational behavior. Or going even further, maybe you have a friend who constantly talks about doing great harm to many people. How would you feel if that friend suddenly followed through on those threats and killed many people at your school? You kept quiet to protect your friend and now this happens? So many of these evil mass murderers give out warning signals before hand and it our duty to report these people to the police. It may mean losing a friend, but would you rather have to deal with the overwhelming guilt is you did not?
My heart really goes out to the families of those poor kids and adults who were killed in this school shooting. Instead of playing the blame game, lets focus on ways to make our schools safer. Unfortunately that will not be an easy task. You just cannot legislate morality or the evil acts of a select few.