A bill passed in the House of Representatives late last month would require background checks for all gun sales or transfers, making it more difficult for adults who shouldn’t have guns to get them.
It may not pass the Senate now, but it should jump start conversations starting at the beginning. Many of these deaths are children, killed at school, a place that was once considered safe.
What about all of the legally purchased guns that reside in many American homes? Guns that can be accessed by school-age children.
Children who feel punished, neglected, disrespected or bullied at school or online.
They get angry. They seek to end that torture permanently.
They often turn to guns. It works on many popular TV dramas and movies. It works on many video games. Why couldn’t that be the solution for them?
Threats of gun violence at schools are not uncommon. Just last week a student at Lakeview Technology Academy shared a threatening post about a possible school shooting along with a photo of a person with a gun.
The 18-year-old female student was taken into custody after students who saw the post and photo on social media alerted school staff.
Police determined there was no active threat and school remained open.
We don’t know her motive, but why was that the avenue she chose to get attention.
What are her issues that she would add a comment suggesting an act of violence that would take place at the school that day?
Was there no other recourse? How did her problem get so big that she even thought about a gun?
Are our children being taught through social media, TV and movies, video games and maybe from talk heard around friends and family that if you’ve got a problem, a gun is the answer?
We need to spend more time as family, friends, teachers and others in their lives to pay closer attention to children’s moods, silence, retreating to their rooms. We need to probe if they are having a problem with someone at school to discuss reasonable actions to deal with those problems.
Just as Central High School’s hosting of an exhibit from 6:30 to 8 p.m. March 12, that shows a life-size replica of a teen’s bedroom with 20 red flags that can signal drug or alcohol use can wake us up to that problem, we need a wake up call on how we can help our children deal with problems, so that guns never enter their mind.