Wednesday, June 11, 2014

It's not about the gun

In light of yet another school shooting, I feel the need to remind people, it's not about the gun!

Whenever a tragedy hits, we immediately see, hear and read people talk about our gun laws and how we need more gun restrictions and tighter regulations. 

What I see is the human behind the gun...typically a teenager who is clearly in need of help.  If the old proverb is true, that it takes a village to raise a child, than our village (society) is clearly failing.  That human pulled the trigger; that human caused the tragedy; that human was crying out for help-not the gun.

Of course, we can go ahead and take away the guns however that doesn't change the fact that we have people out there hurting and unable to connect with someone for help.  That hurting person will go on to find another way to escape; drugs, drinking, driving under the influence, etc... and will likely continue to hurt themselves and others. 

We can continue to try to remove everything that could possibly be a problem or we could find a way to help those who are hurting.  Instead of gun activists shouting louder after a time of crisis, I would love to see mental health professionals helping people like me learn how to better connect with the kids who need me the most. 

Parents, church leaders, scout leaders, teachers, coaches and other adults can all play an important role in these kids lives.  There is clearly a disconnect within our society.  We have people who are hurting and all we want to do is take away the guns.

I think it's time to stop focusing on the inannimate object and being focusing on the human race again.

It's not about the gun

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