I was in seventh or eighth grade when the Columbine high school shooting happened. It was the only piece of news for weeks. Speculation and theories as to why they did it through every community, big and small. Many people put the blame on violent video games and metal music and said that a system to rate video game violence similar to that used to produce movie maturity ratings was the answer. We’ve had that system for over a decade and school shootings still happen. I’m not saying that the rating system is a bad thing at all I’m simply saying that is not the cure-all we had hoped. There was another school shooting this week. A man who had placed himself in between students and the shooter is now in the hospital in critical condition. 17 people are dead. Let me repeat that, 17 people are dead and a school shooting is being treated as though it were an act of divinity, something impossible for human beings to control as if it were a hurricane, flood, or earthquake.
A school shooting is none of those things and human beings can and should do something about them. I’ve said it before and I will repeat it, I am not anti-gun. My parents raised my sister and me to be responsible gun owners should we ever wish to be. The problem is that many now see firearms as toys rather than weapons. They use the Second Amendment as justification to collect any kind of “toy” that they want and complain if the government dares to talk about regulation. Meanwhile, mass shootings happen so often that we have become desensitized to the occurrence. The second amendment says “a well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”
You want to own a gun? Fine, be willing to submit to a psychological fitness evaluation to prove that you are not going to go off the rails and shoot someone just because you’re having a bad day. If you have a problem with me saying that you should know that I am on medication for depression and would therefore probably not pass such an evaluation, and I’m fine with that. Take the gun safety course, be prepared to take it every six months, it’s a pass-fail thing. If at any point you fail to recertify your weapons are taken away. I am sick of people dying just because some gun owners do not want to be put under more scrutiny. This may not be the perfect answer but it is much better than throwing their hands up in the air and saying there’s nothing we can do, yes there is, just do it.