Reasons Behind School Shootings Run Deep
Published: Monday, March 26, 2001
Updated: Wednesday, January 9, 2013 19:01
The lack of gun control laws is turning each of our schools into potential war zones. When we add into the equation the ten children a day that die from gun-related accidents, and the fact that so many other shooting attempts have come close to fruition in the past year, it is a wonder to me why so many still stand scratching their heads as to what to do.
From a perfectly practical viewpoint, gun control is a much easier policy to initiate than a psychological exam and therapy for each and every child. Even if students are screened for stereotypical warning signs that lead to such tragedies, there are some shooters that would never have been profiled in advance.
Take for example, the eighth grade Catholic schoolgirl who was pegged as a future human rights activist or nun, firing at the school’s head cheerleader while saying, “No one thought that I would go through with this.” Other options include making school entrances like entrances to federal buildings or airports with guards on every corner. I believe that this is just asking us to accept the fact that schools are dangerous places to be. My 13-year-old sister begins her freshman year of high school this coming September. I shouldn’t be afraid. Our little corner of Long Island is one of the safest havens in America. Except, four weeks ago, a student was expelled for threatening three other students with a gun.
Not in my town, not in my high school. That is, not yet, anyway.