There is a lot of breath being expended on guns, gun control, and all associated issues, and all stemming from the shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
Opinions abound. Heck, if you search this blog, you’ll find mine, including a notable profanity-laden offering, following previous such attacks.
Do me a favor, will you? BEFORE forming an opinion, BEFORE making a suggestion, BEFORE claiming this or that action will keep our schools safe, how about you read what there is to know about one of the most infamous attacks?
I mean it; read all these links. Every word, no matter how difficult.
After, sit down and put down on paper — actual paper, words that you can read back to yourself aloud — what you would have done to prevent that act. What laws would have stopped those kids from putting their plan into action?
I mean it . . . on paper, written words that you can read back aloud.
Then take another paper, and write down what we might consider going forward. I don’t mean pie-in-the-sky stuff. I mean an actual plan of action, point by point, encompassing the host of legal, medical, and constitutional questions that need be answered when considering what we might do to curtail these attacks.
While you’re are it, see if you can come up with a plan that would mitigate these acts right now. I don’t mean a year from now or ten years from now. I mean now. Tomorrow; next week, at the latest.
Then, and only then, should you feel confident to engage anyone in a discussion about school shootings and what should be done. Know that you may be challenged, but at least, you’ll know more and discussion is productive when the two sides are informed.
You don’t have to read any of the following . . . but, you know, if you really feel these topics are important (guns, gun violence, gun control, school shootings), it might be of benefit to you. That way, instead of me thinking you are talking out of your lower posterior region, we might actually have something we can discuss with an approximate level of understanding about the issues if not an agreement of what to do about them.
Mind you, you don’t have to agree with anything written below, but you should at least be aware of the arguments you might not agree with.
However — and this is important — if you think we should just ban all guns, stop reading right here. Also, unsubscribe from this blog. Seriously, there’s nothing for you here.
Bonus reading (Key Finding #10 is interesting but the whole Secret Service report is worth a read):
Bonus reading #2 (stuff I’ve linked before; the first one is well-written and — surprise! — talks in favor of gun control):
This next link is by someone I don’t hold in high esteem for other reasons . . . but is worth reading:
Bonus Reading #3 (What do cops think?):
Bonus Reading #4 (worth reading, but what do I know?):
The Truth About Violence (excellent advice, November 2011)
The Riddle of the Gun (the original written post, January 2013)
FAQ on Violence (his response to criticisms to Riddle of the Gun, January 2013)
Note: read point #8; this is somewhat analogous to my recent discussion of guns and alcohol, but there is a lot of other good information here.
Self-Defense and the Law (very informative, and occasionally baffling, August 2013)
Fighting (peripheral information but useful for understanding violence, April 2015)
For the record, I’m in favor of regulating guns. Also, for stricter regulation on booze. I’d really like to regulate who can and can’t have kids. I’d prefer more stringent regulations and requirements for people who operate a car. The list goes on and on, but people’s eyes glaze over after a few minutes, so I’ll stop here.
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