**ive been reflecting alot on the recenet school schooting and rise in gun control debate again as both sides come across my facebook news feed. So after a couple days, heres my reflections, as both sides continue to talk and our lawmakers try to contiune to pass blame around like a hot potato**
I grew up in a small town in the Southern United States where almost every house owned a gun in a gun safe with lock and key, the start of hunting season was an unofficial holiday, and we learned proper care & shooting of guns in freshmen high school PE class. So yes, I have shot a gun during school hours and my shoulder still hurts from thinking about it. Our high school hunters safety team was state champs for a number of years and one of the prides of our school.
I never felt scared at school but absolutely none of this had to deal with automatic weapons. We are in a different world now, so while I understand where the folks who talk about gun ownership as a right are coming from. The reality is automatic weapons are much more easily accessible to the average person but our laws are still covering the hunting rifles. And that is truly scary. So that is where we reach the problem…
We Need Stronger Gun protection laws that match with our reality.
And we need to fund access to mental health and stronger screenings for folks. We need to stop cutting funding to Medicaid, Medicare, and social services while funding war and production of weapons. I mean how are we surprised that more folks are getting their hands on weapons while not getting the medical help they need. Our money speaks to what we prioritise as a nation.
For those who safely own guns woth permits etc, its not about taking away your right. The laws are in place to allow you to contiune to own but this is about supporting our citzens with the basic help they need to be safe and meaningfully contribute to society. So calm down, and listen instead of jumping to assumptions please.
Further more, we need to start listening to and believing our young people. Its not just about all the medal dectors you can install, armed police on school grounds, and keeping us locked in classrooms to answer our problems. We know whats going on with our friends, young people have a good sense of where other yoing people are at and if we should worry (its part of our education to understand these things whether intentional or not) and you say report it but then brush it off for jumping to conclusions or too crazy. How do you expect us to trust you to say something again?
Or you claim, you couldn’t trace the comment in todays Big Brother world, its not on the dark web (that would be understandable), there are how to videos you can google to show you how to do just that. Yet, you expect us to trust you and blame young people for not sayinh something?
We need a system overall, stop assuming we’re directly attacking each others basic rights and start listening carefully to understand and take care of our whole community and protecting all our basic rights. We need to trust and listen to our young people, fund basic social services and counselors for schools, and we need gun laws that are caught up to the guns of today.
I welcome conversation and healthy debate that starts with listening in a place of community care.