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My Thoughts on Newton: Guns are Not the Problem

Joined: 1/15/2013
Posts: 2
When I first heard of the tragedy in Newton I was in the car, listening to the radio on my way home from school. The station did not say exactly what happened so I quickly pulled out my phone and check a news app. I was horrified. I had heard of the same kind of cruel, heartless behavior before but not like this. I could not wrap my mind around the idea of a grown man with a military grade assault rifle, enter a place where children are supposed to feel safe and protected, and pull the trigger. My heart and stomach dropped every time I saw the pictures from the Sandy Hook campus. In the following weeks I heard a lot about politicians, CEOs and even college basketball coaches giving their two cents on the subject of gun control laws. They all argued about how guns can decrease violence or how they increase violence but I could not help but think that it wasn’t the guns that caused heartless acts of violence, but instead it was the people wielding them. Guns don’t kill people, people do. And that is exactly what Congress should be thinking of when trying to prevent the next mass shooting. Instead of increasing gun controls on the American public, Congress should instead look into what they can do to help the mentally unstable. A national database of individuals who are mentally unstable or on the verge on mental instability would allow psychologists to work with the people on the list and help them cope with whatever problems they may have and prevent them from possibly committing an act of mindless violence. Working with those who are mentally unstable would also improve their lives by helping them phase back in with everyday society and help them become “sensitized” again. Alas politicians are still more focused on the tools wielded by those in mass shooting instead of focusing on those wielding the weapons. I’m still touched deeply each time I read of the Newton tragedy and those poor kindergartners that never got to experience Christmas with their families, open those presents they saw under their trees only a few hours earlier. A few days measly away from Winter Vacation, those innocent children had lives cut short, much, much, too short. And focusing on guns will not pervert this type of event from happening again in the future, instead focusing on those who will be wielding the weapons in the future is the only way to truly minimize these terrible tragedies.
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Comment by Dylan_Burnell

Joined: 1/9/2013
Posts: 51
I wholeheartedly agree. Did you know that last year more solders died by committing suicide than they did in the field. And you are right . did you know a man in china stabbed 22 people and only 9 made it to the hospital. No guns involved yet it was still a tragic killing. I also think that the media is partly to blame because they make it sound so glamorous to go out and do this. Most people cant name a single victim from one of these shootings but i bet you could say the shooters name and everybody would know. It is just sad that people don't view mental illnesses as a problem and that its the honest people and the mentaly stable people who suffer for the stupidity and crimes of a few. ( not that all mentaly unstable people are bad or are going to do something of this nature. )
Posted: Tuesday, January 15, 2013 7:16:10 PM
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Comment by Kwweesten

Joined: 2/9/2012
Posts: 51
Well said.
Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 11:28:49 PM
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Joined: 12/7/2012
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