Posted: Friday, December 28, 2012 12:55:23 AM
Once upon a time, there was a world where kindergarten massacres were as inconceivable as flying pigs. I’m sorry to say that we do not live in that world anymore. Perhaps, if we really consider it, we never did. However, those things don’t happen in our society. They just can’t. At least, that’s what we tell ourselves. The truth is bad things can and will happen, wherever you are. The adults think they can prevent this by getting rid of guns and ammunition, but that won’t solve anything. What truly needs to change in our society is shockingly simpler. Don’t believe me? Well, then I encourage you to read on.
To begin, could you imagine your child going to school one day and never coming home again because a murderer was let out of jail? This is only the start of the holes and loopholes that rest in our law. Prisons are filled past capacity, resulting in hundreds of criminals being given a ‘get-out-of-jail-free’ card daily. Mental institutions aren’t much better. They have no room to accept new patients, and most Americans who are mentally ill will go untreated. So, if space is the problem then why can’t we just build more prisons and institutions? Well, our government is in over their heads in debt already. They don’t have the money or time to build more prisons and institutions. Maybe that is a change that needs to be addressed in 2013. Maybe we need to stop using tax money for frivolous matters and use it for something worthwhile… The safety of this generation and the next.
Now, in all honesty, guns aren’t the murders here. It isn’t the gun that kills a person; it’s the person operating the gun that kills a person. We don’t need guns to be eradicated in 2013. Actually, the opposite should be put into play. Instead of confiscating firearms, we should be arming those who have the responsibility to protect their charges. That means teachers, principals, doctors, and many others. Murderers won’t be stopped if we put a ban on weapons; they will find a way to procure them, whether legally or illegally. We can’t prevent the murderer from acquiring a gun, but, with weapons in the right hands, we could save countless lives. Isn’t that our ultimate desire, to save lives that will be lost otherwise?
In conclusion, there are many changes that need to be made in 2013, but I think these two shouldn’t be overlooked. If they are, I fear more massacres will occur like the one in Connecticut. Twenty-seven lives were lost that day, most under the age of seven. Do you want that to be repeated? I hope not. The only way it won’t be is if we learn from past mistakes. We must put money towards the safety of our society and we must allow weapons to be carried. For, if we don’t, we may just find that those 27 lives were only the beginning.