Another week, another school shooting. Yesterday it was Noblesville, Indiana, where a middle-schooler asked to leave the classroom and came back armed with two handguns and started shooting. Let’s read that sentence again, shall we? A middle-schooler… armed with two handguns.
It’s the 23rd shooting on school grounds (including colleges/universities) in the 21st week of 2018.
26 children and 5 adults have died as a result, with dozens more injured, and hundreds more psychologically scarred. 31 lives lost in buildings set up for education, while during this same time period 13 members of the military have died in active combat zones. So in 2018, schools have been more dangerous than combat zones.
Don’t give me your “arm the teachers” argument. They have enough on their plates as it is.
Don’t give me your “cars kill more people than guns so we should ban cars” argument. Because we both know that getting a car involves:
- Minimum age requirements
- Mandatory training hours, written exam and road test prior to receiving a license
- License subject to renewal on a regular basis
- Mandatory registration
- Mandatory insurance
Whereas getting a gun requires:
- forking over some cash at a gun show.
If you want to institute the same requirements for gun ownership and operation as for car ownership and operation, I’m fully on board. And then we can discuss safety enhancements for the guns themselves, similar to the way the auto industry has added seat belts, anti-lock brakes, air bags and dozens of other features. Heck, my daughter’s phone has a fingerprint lock… yet we can’t put that same technology in guns?
It may seem hopeless, especially when the NRA has hundreds of politicians in their deep back pockets. But don’t give up, because progress is being made, slowly, but surely. This series of tweets from the founder of Moms Demand Action proves that.
Thoughts and prayers are not enough. We need more action.
This is a difficult issue and one that is close to my heart.What inspires me when I hear these tragic stories again and again is the way the youth are reacting. They are furious and they are going to do something about it. In several years these middle school children will be able to vote. They are sick and tired of being ignored and they are the future leaders of our country. My faith lies with them.
I agree that teachers have a lot on their plates, and arming them is a ridiculous idea. Our school is putting time, money and resources into leadership programs and positive behavior programs for our youth. It breaks my heart to know how many of my students don’t have a loving adult at home that takes care of them. I would love to see more adults try to be there for these kids. Not to judge and punish, but to listen to them and get them the help they need.
Thanks Andi, I appreciate your perspective as a teacher. It’s definitely more than just a gun issue, it’s about mental health and having a strong support system too.