(UPDATE 2/15/2018: REDACTED)
You may think you’re about to read some rant from a card-carrying member of the NRA who is stockpiling a battalion’s worth of weapons in his private compound in the Appalachians. You’d be wrong. I don’t own a gun. I’ve never owned a gun and I choose not to own a gun. I respect the rights of others who choose to be responsible gun owners but like it says in the title stricter gun control will not prevent school shootings. I don’t claim to be any sort of expert in these matters. I only claim to be a guy with an opinion and a platform.
In the 1920s and 1930s you could buy a Thompson sub-machine gun from the Sears and Roebuck catalog for $40. No background check, no permits, hell you could even get them from your local hardware store at the time. The Thompson, or Tommy Gun as it was nicknamed, was not an ‘assault rifle’ where 1 trigger pull equaled 1 bullet. If you held your finger down on the trigger you could unleash thirty rounds from the magazine in a matter of seconds. It’s only purpose was death. It was made infamous for being the instrument of destruction in the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre and other deeds committed by Chicago mobsters and bank robbers of the time. Now how many mass school shootings were committed during these times? None that I could find and if I’m wrong please feel free to correct me.
Fast forward to the 1990s where it’s illegal to own any kind of machine gun and where it’s much more difficult to obtain a firearm than just a trip to your local hardware store. We can rattle off the names and locations that were made infamous at those times. Paducah, Jonesboro, Kip Kinkel, Columbine and the list goes on and on continuing all the way up to this past December in Newtown.
So why hasn’t stricter gun control from then until now prevented any school shootings? Because it’s not about the gun, it’s about the person who holds it. The generation of kids that were raised starting in the 1990s were given the impression by parents that were more concerned about being their friend rather than their parent that the world is fair and everyone is special. They instilled into them a sense of entitlement that was unprecedented. So when these kids find out that the world is not fair and that they’re just not going to have everything handed to them they don’t have the emotional capabilities to deal with the outcome.
In the 1920s and 30s life was hard. People had to work and work harder than anyone in their family came before them to try to provide for their family in the face of economic disaster and famine. People then not only had a sense of responsibility but they passed their ethics on to their children. There was less mental healthcare in those times too. You either were committed or you weren’t yet still kids did not take up guns and go on shooting sprees in their schools.
Let us also not forget the fact that no matter how many laws you put on guns criminals are always going to get their hands on them. Just because Suzie Soccermom can’t buy a shotgun at WalMart doesn’t mean that some punk can’t illegally obtain a MAC-10.
Since bad parenting can’t be legislated we need to come together as a society and stop being so lazy and selfish and yes I’ll even dare say consumeristic so hopefully maybe a generation from now we can prevent school shootings. Until then we’re screwed no matter what we do.