Bullying the real issue among school shootings
Students have gathered across the country to protest gun violence in March for Our Lives. There were also protests with walkouts among high school students. I agree with protesting and advocating about issues people feel strongly about, but I think the message is wrong when it comes to preventing school shootings. I think the root of the problem is bullying. We need to do more about bullying than gun violence if we want to protect students in schools.
I personally don’t support guns. I have never owned a gun and the first time I shot one was at a gun range as a gift for my 32nd birthday. However, I support the 2nd Amendment, and I can put my personal opinion aside. This country is built upon distrust of the government and on the right to abolish our current government to rebuild a new one if we must. The 2nd Amendment allows citizens not only the right to protect themselves and their home, but the ability to protect themselves against the government and to protect the right to rebuild a government if there ever comes a time.
When it comes to school shootings, we can take away all the guns from students and that will not stop victims of bullying from retaliating. There are other ways to inflict destruction and violence at a school. There is the extreme with bombs, knives, bats, or other weapons readily available for students. Taking away all guns may stop school shootings from happening, but it does not protect students from the violence that may still occur because of bullying.
I understand the argument students are making against gun violence. Assault rifles are designed to inflict more damage than a knife. But how about a bomb? A bomb can kill and cause more destruction than an assault rifle. The argument then could be made that in some states, it is legal to own an assault rifle; therefore, make assault rifles illegal. I understand that, but can’t you make a bomb with legal materials from a store? I personally do not know this and can’t say for sure. But it doesn’t seem too difficult to make a bomb if your intentions are to harm others. The recent Austin bombings comes to mind. The point I am trying to make is that no matter how illegal something may be, it will not stop someone who is determined in causing harm to others.
The focus should instead be on bullying. Wouldn’t it be better suited to prevent school violence from happening by going after the source? Why not prevent someone from getting to the point where they feel their only opinion is to hurt others at school? My other concern with the March for Our Lives and the Walk Out is, how many of those students are the ones who are bullies? How many of those students are the root of this issue and ignoring their impact they may have on school violence?
When you want to solve a problem, it is better to go straight to the source instead of fixing the symptoms. I think gun violence is a symptom and not the source of school violence. Sure, it may help, but it will not solve the problem. Until bullying is addressed, there will be students out there who may suffer and may come to a point where their only escape is to fight back. And sometimes when they fight back, it may result in school violence that may lead to casualties. A student does not need a gun to achieve this.