Gun Control or Adding More Guns are Not Solutions to School Shootings

Mark Gordon BrownStarred Page By Mark Gordon Brown, 16th Dec 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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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

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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Raised in Michigan, I have a son who recently joined the Military. I am living in Canada with my wife where we have a hobby farm.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
16th Dec 2012 (#)

Great article Mark. I agree that we must do all of the things you advocate here, but in the meantime we need to make guns like the one used in Connecticut, that shoot five bullets a second, illegal. So I disagree that we do not need gun control. There is some gun control that indeed we do need.

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author avatar Judy Ellen
16th Dec 2012 (#)

Yes, for the most part I agree with you on this! According to Dr. Sharp on CNN our mental health care system rates a D minus! I also think that we should outlaw assault weapons. No one has a chance, not even the police, against an assault weapon. We should also screen people for mental illness before they are allowed to purchase a gun! Guns and mental illness are a dangerous combination!! I don't think that a teacher having a bad day would necessarily precipitate him or her shooting anyone. I have had horrible things happen to me and I never took it out on anyone! It has to do more with coping mechanisms that are put into place in ones life!! If only I could tell all the bad things that happened to me but I must protect the innocent and well as the guilty!! Maybe someday I will tell my own story if I can get permission from ALL my grand children!

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
17th Dec 2012 (#)

Not everyone who has bad thing happen to them will turn into a killer, but under the right circumstances the wrong person might...

We need to do a better job of looking after all our people, not just the children, but everyone...

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
17th Dec 2012 (#)

I feel our priorities are not healthy and our grading system of life is insulting to the honest.Our media highlights greed and makes it feel it is good. I feel the way to find real heroes is how they contribute to society's well being - greed and wealth accumulation do the opposite. Our society should be inclusive so that everyone counts - not only the rich - in fact they should be last in the queue, or should not be there at all! We should also ponder - why targeting children is becoming a trend in developed countries and not in poorer countries. Some soul-searching is called for as everyone wants to be "developed"! siva

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author avatar vpaulose
22nd Dec 2012 (#)

Nice. Thank you dear Guruji Mark. Thank you for all the encouragements and comments. I shall be celebrating Christmas in Canada. Wish you all a Merry Christmas.

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author avatar Retired
29th Dec 2012 (#)

Thanks for the insight, success for your article

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