U.S. School Shootings – Time For Change

The United States is the only country in the world where a citizen can legally own a machine gun or other rapid fire machine pistol or rifle as well as the usual small-arms, and now once again the country is counting the cost. The ‘Right to Bear Arms’ is enshrined in the American Constitution and many are loath to see it repealed. For this reason its not surprising that often, guns find their way into the hands of a ‘nut-case’ or ‘deeply disturbed’ individual who goes on a shooting rampage like this latest incident in Newton Connecticut.

Some of the Traumatized Survivors

Some of the Traumatized Survivors

What has sparked horror this time is that most of the victims were very young children who were at the beginning of life but will have no chance to pursue their dreams. Like everyone else, my heart goes out to grieving relatives, but condolences and grief will not solve the core of this problem in American society.

It will not come as a surprise to many that such incidents are a regular feature of American life. The most notable school shootings add up to a total of 125 incidents since 1800. In these attacks, some 325 innocent people, mostly school children and teenagers have been gunned down by someone who thought they had been wronged and taken to the gun as a way of retribution. Included in this figure are those who have decided to commit suicide in front of their classmates. 325 may not sound many to most people but whichever way you look at it, its an awful lot of lives cut short for insane reasons.

Guns continually find their way into the wrong hands, and in this case the mother has been described as a gun freak so its reasonable to assume there were guns in the house. If there is no proper lockable storage for weapons in the house it was a simple matter for the son to get his hands on one. Time and again there have been reports of even very young children playing with a gun and killing themselves, or someone else through an accidental discharge of the weapon.

Is This Your Child?

Is This Your Child?

Whatever side you are on in the gun debate, laws that allow just about anyone to carry a loaded gun must be at the heart of this controversial issue, and now this law will come under scrutiny once more after this latest disaster. Following each new shooting the same old arguments are put forward but nothing is ever done because the gun lobby is so strong. People in the USA have to learn that the days of the Wild West are long over, and guns in every home is not sustainable in a modern day society. It is not acceptable for children as young as five to be taught how to fire a pistol or rifle, and for ten and eleven year-olds to accompany father on a hunting trip and shoot animals.

I fully realize that the American nation was founded at the end of a gun barrel but there comes a time when a nation must look past its history, and even a document like the U.S. Constitution needs updating to reflect modern times. America has the highest amount of gun crime in the whole world, anywhere, and when you consider everyone has the right to own a gun its not surprising.

It is possible that this latest tragedy might cause a spark of remorse in Congress, and maybe some headway will be made in changing the Constitution to ban guns for all except police and the military like it is is most civilized countries, but to be honest, I doubt it. As usual the country and its people will wipe the tears from their collective eyes and it will be business as usual – until the next time!

Roy.

8 Responses to “U.S. School Shootings – Time For Change”

  1. Alfie Says:

    I’ve looked up a few things and it appears the reported rifle in CT was possessed illegally. It’s name appears on CT Assault Weapons ban list.

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    • Hi Alfie – Welcome.
      Thanks for the snippet of news. Illegal or not it still did major damage and shows that the current gun laws are not as tight as many would believe.
      Best Regards,
      Roy.

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  2. You want to see firearm deaths increase many, many fold? Try to take Americans guns and it’ll happen. It’ll also be people like you who’re making up a lot of the body count.

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    • Hi Jonolan,
      Welcome back! You seem to hold extreme views (as usual) although from your previous comments on my posts I can’t say I’m surprised. Am I going to read your name in the newspapers at some future date? I don’t know why you seem so aggressive in your comments but you certainly come over as someone filled with a lot of hate or anger for something. I am sure there are many in The States who will agree with you on the gun issue, but on the other hand, how many more parents must grieve before avoidable tragedies like Newton are consigned to history. There will come a time when American politicians see that the country cannot continue with this antiquated law and finally do something about it. Good luck to you.
      Best Regards,
      Roy.

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      • You’re unlikely to ever read about me in the paper unless I’m attacked by someone(s) else and have to respond as I’ve been trained to do.

        And, in this comment at least, my views aren’t extreme or filled hate or anger. I was merely stating the logical consequences of the government abiding by your wishes and trying to disarm the American people.

        That would be civil war. Not in the manner of the American Civil War but in the manner of massive, grass-roots insurrections reminiscent of the Mujaheddin’s response to the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan.

        Frankly though, I understand your position and even somewhat sympathize with it. I feel exactly the same way about the antiquated and proven to be dangerous to society laws that freed the Blacks and allowed them to live among people. 😉

        [Kidding! Just making a point about abrogating rights in order to achieve greater security]

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      • Hi Jonolan,
        Nice to see you back, and very glad to hear you are not as radical as the tone of your comments suggest. I agree with you completely that there will be a whole lot of opposition to any changes in the constitution on this matter, maybe the answer is to tighten up the gun laws even further. I am sure you will agree that guns in the hands of responsible people will do no harm, but all too often they end up in the wrong hands. I cannot profess to know what the answer is because that is up to the lawmakers and the people. You have to admit though that children and teenagers getting hold of firearms and going out to kill people indiscriminately means that something must be done. I would like to hear your recommendations.
        Best Regards,
        Roy.

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      • My recommendations are quite simple and, hence, unlikely to be done.

        1 – Parenting, bring it back.
        2 – Teach firearm safety once again in our schools
        3 – Start actually dealing with the mental illnesses we have in the US.
        4 – Either do more to rehabilitate criminals or stop letting them back out of prison.

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      • Hi Jonolan,
        I like it. I think you may have ‘hit the nail on the head’ so to speak. All these things are tragically missing in life today, especially numbers 1 and 4. Sadly, I must agree with your assessment that they are unlikely to be carried out. There is much missing in the way people live today and it would do no harm to get back to the old values. But once again, I do not think this is ever likely to happen.
        Best Regards,
        Roy.

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