There has been another shooting in the United States. This time Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut was the battleground. At the time of writing this there were conflicting reports about the amount killed, and though I’m sure there is a more definitive answer out there now I feel that takes away from the real issue: someone walked onto an elementary school campus and shot at kindergartners.
So, where do we go from here?
The victims will be mourned by the media and our hapless politicians, buried and that will be the end of it. The issue of gun control will be raised slightly, only to be pulled away by the slight of hand tricks lobbyists have taught our favorite politicians and media outlets.
Though it all we will continue to hear the phrase, “isolated incident” being muttered in newspapers and conversations–but after fifteen years of campus shootings can we still make that argument?
My fear is that Sandy Hook is going to be a name that triggers some thought when heard years down the line, only to end with a scratch of the head. That is not take away form the importance or severity of this event, but merely to serve as a reminder that if something isn’t done now to tighten gun regulations in the United States there will be too many Sandy Hook’s to remember them all.
What’s the answer? Should children begin carrying weapons? It has been suggested weapons are an American citizen’s right, and as Cass Barron has so eloquently tweeted, “If you outlaw guns, only outlaws will have guns.” Perhaps the answer is an armed guard at every elementary school across the nation?
So far the reactions on twitter from those in support of gun rights have come across as cold hearted. Kyle Shake tweeted: “#SandyHook will be another driving force in the Assault Weapons Ban. Stir up the libs, here comes a gun control debate.”
Is this what the tragedy at Sandy Hook first brings to mind? There is a misallocation of priorities here that will inevitably prevent any reasonable conversation on the topic–and I’m not only referring to individual’s squawking across social media platforms, but in congress as well. Our national mindset mimics that of our political party; we cram in the facts we’re fed and cling to them as though we’re not sure if we’ll ever be fed again.
Events occur in our life that are preventable. We endure needless tragedy because of some ideological path. Why? There are children dead–there are memorials across school campuses most of us can’t remember the name to, and still there is a necessity to adhere to an antiquated mindset that weapons in the hands of everyday people is the safest path for our society.
This tragedy should give evidence to the reality that what we have in this country is a flawed system that at the very least, out of respect for the deceased, deserves to be looked into. I can’t help but think of the song, “Fortunate Son,” by Credence Clearwater Revival. I think of the line: “It ain’t me, it ain’t me, I ain’t no senator’s son, son.” In the United States we live saddened by bad news, but far removed, like learning of the death of someone you didn’t know–there is no personal connection so it’s easy to maintain strict adherence to an antiquated mentality.
But, your argument is always the same: if someone wants a gun, they will buy a gun off the street.
Well, that’s fine and dandy but I’ll leave you with this: these massacres, do they take bravery? Absolutely not. Does it take bravery to walk into a gun store, file the paperwork and wait for it to go through? Or, what about having someone you know buy it for you at a gun show like the fellas from Columbine did? No, not particularly. However, would that coward have the ability to approach an arms dealer on the street? This is a known criminal, who at that moment is understood to be carrying a weapon, because our maniac intends to purchase it from them with a wad of cash stuffing their little pockets–my guess is no because if they’re coward enough to fire upon little children then they wouldn’t possess the gall to walk up to a hardened criminal and ask for a weapon. In all honesty, this is how drug deals happen, and they often have unhappy endings, so why would a gun deal be any different?
What will happen in a few years time? No one really knows, but I could make an educated guess: Sandy Hook is just going to be a slightly memorable name from a long list of American tragedies; they will continue to occur because the tragedy hasn’t happened to no senators son.