Gun Control or Adding More Guns are Not Solutions to School Shootings
There has been a lot of talk about guns and gun control in the wake of the Newtown School shooting. Many people suggest allowing teachers to carry guns, others call for more gun control. Are these solutions to the problem of school shootings?
- The Problem with Gun Control or Adding more Guns
- Gun Control and Adding Guns is Only a Band Aid Solution
- Better Solutions to Prevent Shootings in the Future
The Problem with Gun Control or Adding more Guns
Arming teachers is not a good solution. What happens when that teacher has a bad day? We all have stress in our lives, some more than others. Suppose that teacher is having a stressful time. Maybe they are having problems in their relationship, a family member is terminally ill, they are in debt and are facing foreclosure, then one snotty kid just pushes their buttons wrong that day and the teacher snaps.
Another risky scenario involving armed teachers would be if a group of students overpowers the teacher and takes the gun.
Any criminal looking for a gun would consider a way to get a gun from a teacher.
Armed guards are not really a good solution either. What does it do to a student to see armed guards daily? We talk about how horrible it is for kids in war torn countries to be exposed to seeing such things so why allow it in the school?
Gun control is not the answer to school shootings either, the criminals will find ways to get guns, or other ways to kill children if that is their goal. The Oklahoma bombing (killing children in a daycare) was done using fertilizer!
Gun Control and Adding Guns is Only a Band Aid Solution
Gun control or adding guns to the classroom are just poor band-aid solutions to deal with a problem rather than addressing the problem head on. Why are school shootings occurring?
The first school shooting I remember hearing about of was in California and is now infamous in the song “I Don't Like Mondays”, in which a teenage girl opened fire on an elementary school because she didn't like Mondays.
Since then there have been numerous shootings (at schools and in other places of work). In some cases the shootings were by students in response to being bullied. In other cases the shootings were the result of stress.
In any case we must address the cause of these situations rather than waiting for more shootings to occur.
Better Solutions to Prevent Shootings in the Future
Reduce stress. We push our kids from the time they are young, we seldom take time to slow down and enjoy life. We must remember it is not about how much money you make or how much you own or accomplish, it is about how much you love life!
Quit pushing the “The American Dream” on everyone, for some the disappointment with not being able to reach this dream is becoming a nightmare. For others it puts them in debt.
Improve the American Health Care system, (including mental health) it should be free. People should not be forced to go into debt because of health.
Increase taxes to the wealthy (to a fair share). I read recently that between 1945 and 1975 America was its most prosperous and that is also when taxes to the wealthy were higher, without so many breaks and loopholes.
Reduce the climate of “Fear”, create a climate of hope. People are growing up thinking that killing is how you solve your problems. We must not allow this to continue. This is a subconscious training. What can we expect when a Liberal President brags about killing the demon Osama bin Laden?
If anyone is keeping score – this is not what the American founding fathers had in mind. Video games, and the media keep suggesting that killing our enemies is good. We cannot think this way, we need to raise people to be happy, not that happiness is created only by killing.
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