Parkland, Florida – Guns, Mass Murder, and America

Anyone notice that the high school in Parkland, Florida is a gun-free zone and the shooter was 19. It is illegal to purchase a handgun for anyone under 21. I guess we can all agree those gun control laws worked very well.

What if we concentrated more on the causes of mass murder and less on the means? We’ve made laws and discussed the means ad nauseam. The causes are mental health issues, violence in our entertainment, hate promoted by politics, prejudice, and under privilege.

All the talk about guns won’t change anything. Mass murders will happen with homemade bombs, arson, knives, or vehicles. Banning the means, making mass murder illegal, stomping our feet in the streets, calling those who disagree with us names and spewing more hate are all unproductive, ineffective, and likely to lead to more violence.

What about raising children who respect each other, have compassion, and faith. Parents who listen, love and offer support, not just discipline when the grades don’t measure up. Teachers who care, identify troubled students and offer help. Churches that offer a message of love, hope, acceptance, and deliverance. Use social events to draw young people into an environment where they learn forgiveness, acceptance of others, and coping skills. Not to mention God changes lives.

Finally, let’s stop polarizing the environment. Poisoning minds with outright lies about those with whom we disagree, by spinning every event into a political point, and by demonizing each other.

I’ve seen the problem and it is US.

Changed hearts change society.

Disclaimer: While I support the 2nd amendment, I find any use of firearms, beyond target shooting, self-defense, and peacekeeping, personally offensive. Sorry, I don’t get hunting that is not necessary for survival. However, the founding fathers did not guarantee the right to bear arms, simply for hunting, no they saw citizens as needing to have the capacity to defend themselves from an aggressively repressive government.
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