Gun Violence and Children

In the coming days and weeks, the discussion will be about how many schools have had shootings this year.  A shattering 13 schools, 13 schools since Newtown.  Are we learning nothing about our youth in America?  Are their lives not valuable?  Are they not the future?  I have three children in school, one in high school and two in elementary school.  It scares me to send them out into the world to go to school, a place that is supposed to be safe not knowing what is going to happen when they get there.

Courtesy of blackamericaweb.com and David Calvert/Getty Images.

Courtesy of blackamericaweb.com and David Calvert/Getty Images.

In the coming weeks and months, there will be a debate about gun control again, but it won’t be as loud as it was after Newtown.  America is becoming desensitized to violence.  You will hear associations such as the NRA screaming that people want to take their guns.  You will hear the cliché “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people.”  That is correct, but what you won’t hear is that it is easier these days to get a gun than it is to get a driver’s permit.  It’s easier to get a gun than it is to get a driver’s license.  How can we ignore the fact that there are irresponsible gun owners?  Yes it is your second amendment right to own a weapon.  It is my second amendment right to own a weapon, but it is not my right to take a life that I did not give and it is for sure not anyone else’s right to take a life that they did not give.  When will people begin to value a life other than their own?  As a nation we have gotten away the fundamentals that we were taught as kids.  Treat others as we wish to be treated is the golden rule right?  We treat others with such disdain and lack of respect that at the end of the day it makes you question where we got away from being human beings.

A teacher lost his life this week and two students lives will forever be changed by the tragedy and a family lost a child.  There will be people weighing in on all sides discussing what the issues were, what his home situation was, what could have possessed a child to take a gun from home and shoot a teacher and students at his school.  Bullying is already being mentioned as a cause.  No matter what the cause, no child should have access to a gun, no adult with mental illness should have access to a gun, and no criminal should have access to a gun.  I know that that sounds like a dream, but guns are too accessible to populations that do not need them and innocent people are the ones that are hurt or killed and their potential in life is gone.  Their lives gone in a whisper and their families changed forever.

So no matter where your beliefs are, we have to protect our children, all children.  May not see legislation right now about guns, but we will see it in our future.  Remember that people have the right to their second amendment rights, but people also have the right to live a life free of violence.

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