After the recent shooting on a campus in Oregon, one has to wonder how will these tragedies be stopped? How will we as part of a community find a way to ensure that our children, our family and friends are safe from this form of violence as they are sitting in a classroom trying to further their education, sitting in a movie theater or just using our freeway’s trying to get from point A to point B?
As a member of a family the runs deep with law enforcement and military, firearms are something that not only I have been around, but that my own children have been subjected to. They were never raised with the misconception that a gun is a toy, even when they were younger, when they had toys that were guns, we would tell them to never point them at anyone. I know it sounds weird, you would expect for them to be playing cops and robbers and the purpose of the game is to shoot at the bad guy to bring them down, I would say that most of the time they were pointing towards their legs, arms, etc… I am sure there were many times that they pointed in other extremities without our knowledge, but that is part of the game.
I guess my point to this whole thing is that they were raised with a respect for guns and that the use of a real firearm is not an outcome that can be taken back. Once that bullet leaves the barrel you can not reposition it, nor can you take it back.
It seems that everyone has an idea of what needs to be done to end the violence when it comes to the use of firearms. As much as I wish my own idea would end the violence, honestly I know that as long as their is a criminal element out there, there aren’t enough laws available to protect us. In my opinion, we need to start following through with what is currently available. Take away this 13 year wait for criminals to be held accountable for their actions. If someone uses a gun to kill someone out of malice, robbery, etc… to hell with manslaughter charges, they murdered someone, remove them from society and from breathing the same air as us, immediately and without having the right to appeal for their lives to be spared.
As I have always believed, it is not the gun that kills a person, it’s the hand holding that gun.