One of the most disturbing stories I read in this past weekend’s papers was of a six-year-old first grader shooting his teacher in her classroom. It got worse when I juxtaposed two recent statements.
The end of December is traditionally a slow time in American political news. Not in 2022! Therefore, back-to-back catchup articles.
Last weekend the big news was the 601st mass shooting of 2022 in America. I didn’t major in math in college but that is about two a day on average. America has a gun problem and we are doing way too little about it. America has a gun culture which is difficult for much of the rest of the world to understand. I accept that, and in some ways am part of it. That doesn’t mean we must have a gun problem. The two are not mutually inclusive.
I’ll be hitting the road for a few days. This will be my last “live posting” until I get back. Seems like a perfect time to do some sweeping of my notes and email box.
I’d like to say I’m writing about a single incident, but I’m not. There have been several mass shootings in recent American history perpetrated by young white males who were too young to legally purchase the weapons used. They simply took them from their homes where their parents were old enough to buy said weapons.
I am 100% in favor of holding the parents criminally responsible for the killings their sons did with the weapons they took from the home. If those weapons were handled responsibly the kids would have never gotten a hold of them. It is really that simple.