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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

It’s about the gun, stupid!

The question isn’t why did a fifteen year old boy use a gun to solve a problem? The question is how did he get that gun? From where? If from his home, why aren’t the parents under arrest too, for negligence and manslaughter?
Why did he kill with a gun? He is a fifteen-year-old boy in angst. Remember what it was like when you were fifteen. The last thing in the world we needed was access to a gun. This incident isn’t isolated even in time and location. This is not the first school shooting in the area. It isn’t the only school shooting in the week. This is January and already we have had more than a dozen school shootings this year.
Why aren’t we talking about guns yet? How many school shooting do we need before we begin holding gun owners responsible for this carnage? The child doesn’t buy these guns, adults do.  The child hasn’t learned better problem solving skills other than get a gun and solve the problem. When we were young we had fights, but no one died because of our angst. Today, because of the proliferation of guns more children have access to guns than ever before. So, in addition to charging the child with a crime, we must also charge the parents for these crimes in addition to negligence and make negligence a huge fine and penalty. We can’t solve teenage angst but we can solve the gun problem in this country. Yet we don’t because we follow a business model, not a humanist model.

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