December 29, 2012

To Control, Or Not To Control - Where To Start?

So now, not only are we still feeling the effects of the shooting in Newtown, but a lawyer has seen fit to file a $100 million lawsuit in the name of a surviving child. All because, that the state Board of Education, Department of Education and Education Commissioner had failed to take appropriate steps to protect children from "foreseeable harm."

The lawsuit also states: "they had failed to provide a "safe school setting" or design "an effective student safety emergency response plan and protocol."

Now the argument for gun control has been going on for decades. I, just like a lot of others are still sad by this atrocity. But what is a "Safe School Setting?" Better yet, what is "Foreseeable Harm," when it comes to something like this? This to me, is nothing more then another lawyer trying to get his 15 minutes of fame at the cost of the emotional distress of a small community and children.

So what kind of gun control should we have to prevent this again? Your guess is s good as mine. The only gun control that may have any effect is outlaw/ban all guns period. No hunting rifles, no handguns, no shotguns. Not even water guns sold in stores, paintball guns or a child's BB gun. Because any other type of gun control is pointless. But then if you think about it, so isn't an entire ban on any firearm. Because there will always be away to get your hands on a gun. 

What kind of gun control laws would have prevented the New Jersey cops from being shot by a criminal they arrested in their precinct the other day? None! When you want to do something and you have that inner desire to do it, you're going to. Regardless of your surroundings. 

The real threat, and this is my opinion, are all the drugs this society is on. We have a pill for everything. We pump our foods full of so much garbage, we have 12 and 13 year old girls looking like their 21. We have become lazy as a society. We have an excuse for an excuse for four more excuses. Yet no one wants to sit down and figure anything out because were all "entitled" to everything. 

Go back about four decades. Look at each decade and see what has changed. What has turned us into this holier then thou society. Start to fix that, then other things will fall into place. 

People are always saying "guns kill people." No they don't. They are the chosen weapon of the person who is doing the killing. A person can use anything to kill someone. "But access to guns is easy." So isn't going to the hardware store and buying material to make a bomb. So isn't getting into any car and driving into a store front and running someone over. Even the steak knife purchased off QVC, sitting in my drawer is just as easy to grab to stab someone to death. Should we ban all of these items too?

So where am I coming from? How was my opinion formed that new gun control laws won't help prevent another incident like Newtown, or the death of the firefighters back home an hour away in NY or the cop station in New Jersey?

Simple. It was my up bringing. I grew up in a house full of guns. Rifles, hand guns, shot guns, ammo. But I was also taught to respect these weapons. I knew I was to never touch these. My father taught me at a very young age what these weapons can do to a person. He taught me how to shoot. 

Even after my parents split, and as I got older, I still had respect. Respect for the weapons and respect for the human life. I knew the consequences of any action to be taken and I didn't want those.

Now, I've been shot at a few times. The occasional hunting incident where some jackass from the city comes to the country to hunt and shoots anything that moves. Regardless of the fact i'm decked head to toe in fluorescent orange, you can see me in space. I don't think there was a time, when I hunted, that a round or two flew by my head. Did I want gun control? No. I wanted these people to go back and take more classes, understand what the hell they were doing and pay attention. 

Or the time I was standing in the CVS parking lot one morning with a friend on the way to school. A kid, who my friend got into a fight the day before, decided to show up with a .22 rifle and start shooting. My friend was hit twice, he survived. I escaped by jumping into the dumpster, knowing the rounds wouldn't penetrate the steel.  

The kid ended up in juvenile hall until he was 18. Something like 4 or 5 years. I met him when he got out, as he finished his senior year at school. I had no hard feelings toward him. As at the time, he had some mental issues. And if the guns in his parents house were locked up like they should have been, he never would have gotten his hands on one so easily. Now this kid, is grown into a great man with wife and children. Wouldn't cause harm to no one now. But at that time, he was very disturbed in his head. He could have easily brought a knife and gotten closer and stabbed us both.

Or the time in college, where my neighbor and I were on my balcony sitting and conversing, when there was a drive by up the road. Rounds bounced off my balcony almost hitting us. The next night, there was retaliation and again, more rounds bounced off my balcony. 

And yet, i'm not screaming for more gun control. Because I know it won't work. 

What I am saying is, making more laws on top of other laws won't work. We as a society have to get back to basics. We have to start looking at the root of what's causing this and it's not guns. Start looking at the chemicals were putting into our bodies and we may find a good starting point. Start looking into what is making us want to cause harm to others, another good starting point.
More gun control laws are not the answer. Maybe small reform is a start. But we have to look for the root cause. Then and only then can we as a society start to heal.



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