Gun Control – Florida School Shooting

Gun Control. A topic that is scary to both sides of the aisle. Let me explain.

This is a topic that has dominated the headlines over the last couple of weeks after a 19-year-old man entered a Florida High School and started firing on innocent students, teachers, and security guards. Unfortunately, 17 of these innocent folks passed away.

The shooting was the eighteenth of the year when it happened on Valentine’s Day. Yes, you read that correctly, eighteen school shootings less than two months into the New Year. This was supposed to be the day of Love.

Enough.

This one felt different. When everything settled and the details started to emerge, people all across the Nation came together to say enough is enough. The best part? The students from the High School were the ones leading the charge this time.

For once, it wasn’t the adults, but the students who decided to take a stand and call on lawmakers to do something. For once, the Nation got to look inside of the terrified students’ eyes and listen to what they had to say.

To say the remarks from these students were powerful would be a huge understatement.

But, what comes next? How can we come together to make sure this never happens again?

That’s the million-dollar question.

While I do applaud the President for how he has reacted and tried to move swiftly to formulate a solution, I still worry nothing is going to change.

Inviting victims to the White House to hear their thoughts and concerns and hosting meetings with important stakeholders on the issue is a good first step, but I’d like to see more.

Following these meetings, the President was quick to offer his thoughts. 

In front of cameras, he laid out his version of a solution. This solution consists of arming certain, qualified staff members of our schools with guns. The goal of his proposal is to deter any wannabe shooters from committing these acts.

This is why the folks on the left side of the aisle are scared. Why is the solution to Gun Violence to arm more people?

The President also called for the re-opening of multiple mental health hospitals and treatment facilities that have been closed. He considers these school shootings to be a mental health issue.

I see this as a strong reaction from The President and the folks on the right side of the aisle who are worried that they need to take action, but don’t want stricter Gun Laws.

I see this as a way to explain the problem and take blame away from the guns and put it on the people. I see this as an escape route.

While there are many people that need our help as a society for mental health issues, I don’t think that that’s the complete picture of this issue.

I do also, however, understand the importance of protecting the second amendment.  

I just wish there was a way to have best of both worlds, to have compromise.

I guess my point of this article is to continue the conversation of how polarized politics are today and how dangerous it really is.

We have failed our children and they are finally speaking out.  Yet, our lawmakers are too stubborn to listen.

The problem is that everyone wants to be right and do everything they can to keep votes that they are missing the big picture. They are missing the thousands of students crying for help.

While I am not a lawmaker and don’t have any solutions to solve the gun violence issue, I can guarantee you it starts here.

Both sides of the aisle are so scared of the unknown. They are so scared of compromise and losing what they believe in. They are so scared to be “wrong”.

This issue will never be solved with one person’s opinion. Innocent people will continue to be vulnerable.

I just hope we can put politics aside and give the 17 people who lost their lives in this tragedy a voice. A voice they no longer have because we have failed to figure out this issue.

 

-BT-

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