Why Are We Still Having School Shootings?
This morning, while I was having my daily dose of caffeine, I sat down to watch the news. I don’t know what it is, but ever since graduating college, I watch the news every morning.
Anyway, while I was watching the news, there was the typical campaign talk; Trump trashing Hillary, Hillary talking about emails on a private server, random talk of ISIS and Putin and how Trump understands them both better than anyone on the entire planet. But, meshed between all of the annoying campaign jabber, a different headline popped up.
TX High School Shooting
There’s nothing that makes my heart drop more than a headline like that, but while my heart was breaking that yet another person had been injured because of gun violence here in the US, I also found myself getting kind of angry.
Why, do you ask?
Well, if the headline had started with any state other than Texas, it wouldn’t have made me quite as mad. The school shooting that happened today was not on a college campus; it was at a high school. However, because it happened in Texas, it got me thinking about gun laws in the US, and even more specifically, Texas.
As it stands, many states in the US allow for residents and non-residents to carry a concealed weapon, with a license, of course. But Texas, in particular, has implemented a new “campus-carry” law that allows for students and faculty over the age of 21 to carry their handguns on campus if they have their concealed weapons’ license.
In my opinion, I don’t think that weapons should be allowed on college campuses, and I’m not the only one who thinks this way. Frequently when discussing this topic, the end result is a debate between what the “problem” is. Are guns the problem? Or are people the problem? People seem to have very polarized views — it’s either one or the other. I, however, believe that the answer lies somewhere in the middle.
Let’s all be honest here. College students go through a lot. Whether it be a break-up, failing a class, a professor who doesn’t seem to grade fairly, or whatever else. If the “problem” here is actually people, and not guns, then why would we trust people who will inevitably go through a lot of stressful situations to carry guns on campus, especially combined with the high levels of anxiety and depression that college students experience?
Reading up on the situation, of course, there are supporters. I mean, obviously that’s how the law got passed. But there are many who are not in support of this. Many professors and students, specifically at the University of Texas at Austin have shown concern. Professors are concerned that an angry student now has the opportunity to act on their anger. If a professor refuses to raise a student’s grade, for example, who’s to say that that very student won’t go to their office and shoot them?
Many students are also concerned. There was even a protest on the UT campus on the first day of classes, which came to be known as, “Cocks Not Glocks,” where students brought dildos onto campus to show the ridiculousness of the situation. Students at the university are legally not allowed to bring a dildo on campus, because of it being an “obscene item,” but are allowed to bring guns. Which, when framed in that light, does sound pretty ridiculous. The protest may sound kind of out there, but hey, if students are getting involved in the political process, let them do it their way. One student, Rosie Zander, explained the thinking process behind their protest by saying, “We’re just trying to fight absurdity with absurdity.”
And absurd is exactly what they gave us, and I totally support it.
What is equally absurd and disturbing is when people argue that people are the “problem” yet are up in arms (LOL, get it?) that background checks are becoming protocol with buying guns. However, if the “problem” is guns, and not people, then in combination with background checks, we need to regulate the types of guns that people are allowed to own. We should allow citizens to own handguns, shotguns, and whatnot, BUT we don’t need every husband, wife, and family pet having the ability to own a military-grade machine gun just for fun.
The problem is people AND guns. It’s not one or the other, and it’s time for everyone (Trump and Hillary) to get their heads out of their asses and start talking about the real issues at hand instead of insulting each other and thinking that they know best. Maybe it’s just me, but I’m concerned for the future and would like to know that my friends that are still in college won’t be harmed because of something that could have been prevented.