One of the most disturbing aspects of these events is that the idea of getting
yourself killed in a shootout with police seems to have some allure to the
troubled kids who are committing these atrocities. If they're already
suicidal, then why not go out in a blaze of glory?This is not as
isolated an occurance as we want it to be. It's a spreading anti-social
phenomena of our times. How we get to the bottom of it is baffling but we
can't give up. Life can be beautiful but that may not seem likely to one so
trapped in the depths of despair that ending it all in one last burst is not an
unthinkable way out of a torment that neither they nor we understand.
Easy access to guns while keeping them out of the hands of those who might be
homicidal is an idea at odds with itself. Mass killings that it facilitates are
no small price to pay for the right to bear arms, nor an acceptable one in my
Would it have been possible to foresee a problem with this boy and prevent this
from happening? Probably not.Teenagers are impulsive. They
don't fully understand their impulses and certainly don't foresee
consequences.But the NRA tells us that we must find some way to read
the minds of people who may use guns against others before they have a chance to
do it."Guns are not the problem," they cry.Well,
yeah. Not until someone intent on doing harm gets ahold of one.
Homicidal thoughts + easy access to guns = Americans dead.The fact
that a 15 year old child had access to guns is argument enough.We
need to do something different.