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Arm Teachers with Books, Not Guns

As the students and victims from the Parkland shootings march to advocate for stricter gun laws in order to protect themselves and others in school, a new measure has been suggested to prevent school shootings. Add more bullets to the shooting in progress and create an undeniably more dangerous situation. Or as others would like to put it, we should arm teachers so that they can shoot the shooter. Somehow, the people who would argue for arming teachers do not see the danger in adding more guns into an already dangerous situation, or the way that their stance reveals that they care more about guns than the lives of children.

If a person’s stance is to arm teachers rather than pass stricter gun control laws, then they are saying the endangerment of children, and the loss of their lives, is an acceptable price to pay to keep guns around. Here is the issue with arming teachers; they cannot shoot the gunman until the gunman has already fired. They will not be aware that there is a shooter until he has already fired. You cannot expect teachers to spend the entirety of their class constantly looking out a window or door looking for a potential mass shooter. They cannot do their jobs if they do. So they would have to wait until after a gunman has fired and potentially killed at least one child, if not several.

You could avoid the entire situation from taking place by passing laws for stricter gun control. If a potential shooter cannot get assault rifles at all and has to wait at least several days to get a regular gun, then the threat will reduce significantly, almost to the point of wiping it away completely if the gun laws are made well and appropriately strict. Arming teachers is a passive response that does not solve, or really address, the issue. Rather, if lawmakers make the selling of assault rifles illegal, or at least vastly more difficult to the point that the average person could not buy them, as well as incorporate background checks and waiting periods, you can prevent the problem from occurring in the first place. If we do not give mass shooters the tools to commit mass shootings, then the problem gets solved and prevented.

 

Graphic from the Colorado Independent

Outcast

Loneliness is a public health concern [1]. Loneliness is linked to depression and suicide [3]. Adult, white, heterosexual men have the least friends of all groups [2]. White men kill themselves at higher rates than every other demographic [4]. Half of all suicides are carried out with firearms [4]. Registered gun-owners are more likely to be “white, male, married, conservative, older, and from rural [re: non-inner city poor] areas”[5]. They are also more likely to feel “socially alienated”[5]. This social alienation has roots in economic and education levels, but I won’t explore those roots here as there is already a lot of literature about what it’s like to be poor and white [6][12].

When people are alone, they tend to have more inflammation and stress hormones [11]. Most cults recruit people during especially stressful times in their life [13]. Indeed, many terrorist recruiters can turn lonely people into “violent extremists” by capitalizing on their fears and insecurities [14]. The things people do to fit in somewhere and be accepted, huh?

So when I hear people say things like”…since he was in middle school, it was no surprise to anyone that knew him that he was the shooter. Those talking about how we should have not ostracized him, you didn’t know this kid! We did!” I don’t think they really understand their own position on the subject. Part of a larger speech [8], the words of Emma Gonzalez have been described by many as powerful and moving.

Many see it as a galvanizing call-to-arms in the aftermath of one of the worst tragedies to rock this nation since Columbine. It is natural to think this justifies throwing aside the fact that Nikolas Cruz was a social outcast. It is immaterial to the main point. The main point being that “Guns are Evil”. This assertion is of course central to the ineffable magnificence of Progressivism and the inexorable pull of civilization to cleanse our great nation of hideous violence through gun control. We, the eminently beneficent Left, just “know better than you” [9].

I don’t know if simply including Nikolas Cruz in the reindeer games of high school would have prevented him from doing what he did. Hell, remembering my own high school days, I remember seeing plenty of teary-eyed miserable teenagers with tons of friends who might have harbored thoughts of ill-will toward their cohorts. But when 92 of the last 95 mass shootings were male [7], and 54 were white [7], I wonder. Are guns really the cause?

 

[1] https://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/22/upshot/how-social-isolation-is-killing-us.html [2] http://www.jstor.org/stable/30038995?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents [3]https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/hidden-motives/201305/suicide-loneliness-and-the-vulnerability-men [4] https://afsp.org/about-suicide/suicide-statistics/ [5]https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/11/study-white-men-facing-money-trouble-tend-to-cling-to-guns-for-power-identity/ [6] https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2016/09/the-original-underclass/492731/ [7]https://news.sky.com/story/why-are-white-men-more-likely-to-carry-out-mass-shootings-11252808 [8] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZxD3o-9H1lY [9] https://www.vox.com/2016/4/21/11451378/smug-american-liberalism [10] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Race_and_ethnicity_in_the_United_States [11] https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/11/well/mind/how-loneliness-affects-our-health.html [12]https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2016/01/white-working-class-poverty/424341/ [13] https://people.howstuffworks.com/cult3.htm [14] https://www.fbi.gov/cve508/teen-website/why-do-people-become-violent-extremists

Why We Can’t Have Nice Things: Change

I’m fighting through a kidney stone. If my recent articles seem meaner or more cynical than usual, blame it on the pain. Frankly, hurt feelings are at the bottom of my list of priorities. However, this experience is causing me to change everything about my lifestyle. I am the kind of person who loves sodas, greasy foods, those amazing Jolly Ranchers Bites, and everything unhealthy under the sun. After this experience, I will need to drastically cut down on my sodium intake.

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Trayvon Martin case: One year later

The first anniversary of Trayvon Martin’s death leaves many unanswered questions about the gun control debate as well as the “Stand Your Ground Law” which was showcased in Martin’s death.

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Photo from Chron.com.

Correspondent of Bet Jonathan A. Picks conducted a question and answer segment with Martin’s mom, Sybrina Fulton. Some of the questions pertained to her attempts to amend Florida’s well-known “Stand Your Ground Law,” which she says, “allows you pursue, chase, follow someone, be the aggressor and then say you were standing your ground when you shoot and kill someone.” She is calling this the Trayvon Martin Law because this is what led George Zimmerman to kill Martin. Continue reading Trayvon Martin case: One year later