Gun Restrictions and the Parkland Shooting
All my friends are arguing about gun restrictions on one of my Facebook posts. But the people they are arguing with are ex-law enforcement, ex-military or both.
Guns were just tools for us. We grew up with guns; our dads took us hunting when we were old enough to understand the responsibilities of holding a rifle. My dad bought me my first rifle when I was twelve, a semi-automatic 22 that held fourteen rounds.
I am for better gun controls if it helps stop these mass killings. I believe there could be an added layer of restrictions on assault rifles that we could all live with. Requiring an age limit of 21 would be a start, but leave the shotguns and hunting rifles alone. Treat the assault rifle the way we treat handguns. That’s not so hard, I think we can all agree that’s a reasonable restriction. Will it stop the mass killings, will it keep our kids safe? No, not by itself.
I guess its human nature to blame something, anything to make us feel good after something like the Parkland shooting. But there is plenty of blame to go around. Surely the kid that pulled the trigger is to blame, but what about the rest of us. Too many people point to the rifle as the cause.
So who else is to blame? Obviously, our schools are so underfunded they can’t protect our kids from themselves, and we bristle at the thought of armed officers around our children. Ask a teacher and they’ll tell you they can’t even get simple classroom supplies.
What about parents? Here’s a huge chunk of the problem. This killer was adopted but that shouldn’t in itself be a problem, both my kids are adopted and I love them and did everything I could to raise them right. But what about his birth parents, were they crack addicts, strung out on heroin, was the kid born already addicted to meth? We don’t know, but its possible and that could have been the start of things to come.
Most parents both work just to put food on the table and our kids are left to fend for themselves at younger and younger ages. We send them to their rooms to watch TV or play video games instead of spending time with them. What are they watching, what games are they playing?
Most of the kids we see committing these murders are outcasts, shunned and bullied by our very own kids because they’re different; and some of them snap.
What about Hollywood? When is the last time you’ve seen a blockbuster movie that didn’t glorify gun battles where dozens are killed, where violence is the main theme of the movie. They bloodier the better right?
Stroll through your Walmart and see which video games are popular. You will have a difficult time finding any of them that are not about guns and killing. The video game industry is making millions while they turn our kids in their most vulnerable years into monsters.
I was a Police Officer for 24 years and arrested hundreds of criminals with guns. I can only remember one case that actually went to trial on a firearms charge. All those mandatory jail laws you hear about sound great, but they are the first ones thrown out by the State Attorneys. They are thrown out in favor of plea bargains because no criminal is going to take a plea that includes a mandatory three years in jail.
We have the people that leave their guns inside their cars at night only to find them stolen in the morning. Christ Almighty people have some common sense!
Then there’s the mental health communities that fail or refuse to flag those they know are prone to violence. They don’t want to harm their fragile minds or label them with the stigma of mental illness, just send them back out on the street so they can arm themselves and kill everyone that troubles them.
And lastly, our government that puts up with deporting violent illegal aliens knowing they will be back terrorizing our families in just days.
Surely we can think of other issues, taking prayer out of our schools, teaching our kids that their failure is probably someone else’s fault, labeling violence in our streets as civil unrest or worse, as a lawful protest. The list is long and the results are tragic but to this day, even knowing what I know after being in law enforcement, I’m still more afraid of being killed by a drunk driver than I am being shot by a lunatic.
There is no one easy step that will stop mass shootings, but a first step would be to admit it’s not just the rifle.