I live not far from marysville-pillchuck. you may be racking your brain, why does that name sound familiar? about a year ago, a teenager took his own live after taking the lives of 5 of his friends. he wanted his friends to go with him.
that’s not the insanity. this is. take a look at the dots.
just ten dots, so what? those ten dots represent the school shootings that have happened since mp, in the last year; orange dots-colleges, blue dots-high schools, green dots-elementary.
i imagine i’m a pretty normal person in society. i am outraged as yet another school shooting blares from the headlines. they scream for my attention, but they soon fade. i find it sad that of the ten dots, I only truly remember the last one. i, like many members of society have had our senses dulled by the all too common events.
sometimes insanity gets defined as doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results. seeing these school shootings as a body of work points to the insanity. roughly a monthly bases, for the last year there has been yet another school shooting. insanity. when are we going to recognize that what we are doing just isn’t working?
Oh hell, those dots represent so much heartbreak and pain.
As a person who can relate to the struggle many of us experience with depression and perhaps suicide, what do you think we can do as a society?
do you know the main difference between the u.s. and canadian constitution? primarily the second amendment. without it, canadians are allowed to write sensible gun laws. the statistics are mind boggling.for instance, in 2012, the u.s. had 9146 gun homicides while canada had 173.
what can we in the u.s.? write more sensible gun laws, unfortunately, there is the challenge of the second amendment that gets in the way of doing that.
another thing we could do is read and interpret the second amendment in another way. the second amendment reads, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed.” That could be read as you can had a gun for the purpose of the well regulated militia; that’s it. nothing else. i’ll not holding my breath on this one; the genie is out of the bottle.
retired chief justice warren burger remarked that the Second Amendment “has been the subject of one of the greatest pieces of fraud, I repeat the word ‘fraud,’ on the American public by special interest groups that I have ever seen in my lifetime.”
unfortunately, special interest hold too much sway when it comes to gun laws. there was a republican to pushed for sensible gun legislation in the 90’s. i don’t think the legislation even made it up for a vote and he lost in the republican primaries in the next election. most politicians see that want to keep the jobs and stay quiet.
without more sensible gun laws, we will just have to learn to live with our children maybe not being safe in school, the next road rage incident may end up in gun fire and the most lethal and most used form of suicide remains readily accessible. i find that sad.
If you have an hour, take a look at this frontline report. it takes a look at the recent history in the u.s.like many frontline reports, i came away shaking my head.