By Brad Bohnarczyk
This past week we heard from Hillary Clinton that she would like to see a ban on utoamatic weapons. We also saw Senator Harry Reid call for increased background checks, after the shootings in Nevada recently, to try to prevent shootings from happening. However, these measures will not work, and have failed to work in the past.
There are, unfortunately, multiple cases in which background checks and/or a weapons bans have not worked. All of the shootings in the past few years had gunmen that either passed background checks, or acquired their weapons illegally.
As Breitbart News has pointed out, shooters at Fort Hood (both in 2009 and 2014), Arapahoe High School in Oregon, the Washington DC Navy Yard, LAX, and Aurora all passed background checks. Breitbart News also points out, the increased background checks proposed in congress are already in place, but would be applied to all sales, not just retail sales.
Increased background checks and weapons bans did not work for Newtown, Connecticut. Connecticut had the fifth strictest gun laws in the country when the tragedy at Newtown occurred. If we go even further back to the Columbine High School shootings, there was a national assault weapons ban. However, that did not stop one of the deadliest shootings in American history. Even now, Illinois has some of the strictest gun laws in the country yet Chicago has some of the highest gun violence rates in the country.
What could make kids want to turn a gun on someone or even themselves?
The NRA has served up that violent media is to blame. Violent movies, video games, and music lead to violent acts. The fact is, there are no scientific examples to back those claims up. In fact, scientific research has shown otherwise.
But then, what could be the cause for kids to do this stuff?
Let’s look at what we teach our children; let’s look at what our political ethos has evolved into. Look no further than our gun control debate. We always look to create villains. There always has to be an evil villain out there, but gun advocates and gun-control advocates alike are not bad people. They are just on opposite sides of a debate.
As a society, we like neat packages and look to position one side as wrong and one side as right. Yes, there are some absolute truths, but some debates have shades of gray. It is not always as easy as right and wrong. Even deeper than acknowledging shades of gray, different sides of a debate are not evil unless they seek to violate an absolute truth
We are taught to be scared of everyone. We are taught that we can’t trust our own neighbor. We are taught stranger danger, and that we should despise people who don’t conform to an introverted lifestyle. We are taught to not be trusting of those different than us. We are taught to always to be aware because danger is lurking everywhere.
The nightly news is a seemingly worst of humanity. 24-hour news stations are about arguing and finger pointing instead of serious intellectual debate.
We look down on people for being different or rebelling against and questioning the system. A young boy named Jacob Barnett was told that he is unable to learn. He is now a potential Nobel Prize winning author. Jacob’s IQ is higher than Albert Einstein’s, but because he didn’t conform to our education system he was deemed too dumb to learn. That gets me thinking, how many kids are routinely cast out because they don’t learn or think the same as other kids?
We wonder why kids go on rampages or turn a gun on themselves. When kids are lazy we don’t set them straight. When kids think differently we say they can’t learn. When kids are different we teach them to conform or they will stay outcasts. How exactly are you supposed to get over that hill at such a young age? Not just kids but the poor as well. They are looked at as lazy and useless.
We have set up a society that rewards those who stay in line, and only question the other side of the debate. While we may teach 1984 as a warning to guard against tyranny, it only serves the chance to have liberal teachers question Republicans and talk radio hosts to question Democrats.
We want to stop all of these violent outbursts? Take a good hard look at yourselves. Yes you Rush, Professor, MSNBC, Fox News, CNN, mom, and dad. Stop punishing differences and teaching that the only way to get even with someone you don’t like is retribution and ridicule.
We are only on the verge of societal collapse so long as we continue this societal trend. Everything starts at home. Stop teaching that the only way to think is one is good one is evil because for a while now both of you have been wrong.
Don’t blame guns, or the kids, or the video games. Just take a good hard look at us, and for God’s sakes make a change while there’s still time.