More guns, fewer guns, arming teachers, these are not solutions for the problem of school shootings, these are only band-aids to a problem. We have been teaching people that killing is how you become happy. We need to raise people to be happy, not that happiness is created only by killing.
I have seen a lot of talk about guns and gun control in the wake of the Newtown School shooting. Many people suggest allowing teachers to carry guns. Is this a solution?
First of all what happens when that teacher has a bad day? We all have stress in our lives, some more than others. Suppose that teacher is having a stressful time. Maybe they are having problems in their relationship, a family member is terminally ill, they are in debt and are facing foreclosure, then one snotty kid just pushes their buttons wrong that day and the teacher snaps.
Another risky scenario involving armed teachers is if a group of students overpowers the teacher and takes the gun.
Any criminal looking for a gun would consider a way to get a gun from a teacher.
Armed guards are not really a good solution either. Imagine what it does to a student to see armed guards daily. We talk about how horrible it is for kids in war torn countries to be exposed to seeing such things so why allow it in the school?
Gun control is not the answer to school shootings either, the criminals will find ways to get guns, or other ways to kill children if that is their goal. The Oklahoma bombing (killing children in a daycare) was done using fertilizer!
Both of these things are band-aid solutions to deal with a problem rather than addressing the problem head on. Why are school shootings occurring?
The first school shooting I had heard of was in LA and is now infamous in the song “I Don’t Like Mondays”, in which a teenage girl opened fire on an elementary school because she didn’t like Mondays.
Since then there have been numerous shootings (at schools and in other places of work). In some cases the shootings were by students in response to being bullied. In other cases the shootings were the result of stress. In any case we must address the cause of these situations rather than waiting for more to occur.
Solutions to the Problem
Reduce stress. I know, easier said than done, but a lot of stress is created by the rat-race world we live in and continue to perpetuate and force on our children
Quit pushing attaining “The American Dream” on everyone, for some the disappointment with not being able to reach this dream is becoming a nightmare.
Improve the American Health Care system, (including mental health) it should be free. People should not be forced to go into debt because of health.
Increase taxes to the wealthy (to a fair share). I read recently that between 1945 and 1975 America was its most prosperous and that is also when taxes to the wealthy were higher, without so many breaks and loopholes.
Reduce the climate of “Fear”, create a climate of hope. People are growing up thinking that killing is how you solve your problems. We must not allow this to continue. This is a subconscious training. What can we expect when a Liberal President brags about killing the demon Osama bin Laden?
If anyone is keeping score – it is not what the American founding fathers had in mind. Video games, and the media keep reminding us that killing our enemies is good. We cannot think this way, we need to raise people to be happy, not that happiness is created only by killing.