As a young woman, I was a student at Kent State University in Ohio and witnessed school violence in May of 1970. I am a mother of six children, who had two join the military and serve in Afghanistan and Iraq. I am a gun owner. I ask myself “What are the questions, answers and solutions to reduce gun violence?”
What is the definition of “assault weapons?” What is the definition of “gun violence?” What are the loopholes in our current gun laws?”
What are the statistics that need to be included: racial, economic, mental, and the education level of each individual in each incident? What “triggered” the individual to commit the “acts of violence?” Who are the “victims?”
I believe, after these questions and others are “honestly” answered, a pattern will become evident. The pattern could be anything from “a cry for help,” mental instability, unemployment, to pure domestic terrorism. Only then can we as individuals, plus local, state, and federal governments enact solutions.
Some of these solutions could be better parenting, improved education regarding safety in school, understanding our history and preparing our children for the jobs going forward, better control on cyber bullying, better mental and physical health care and updated gun laws etc.
I believe it is a multi-level answer. But if we, “as an individual and nation,” choose not to answer these questions “HONESTLY,” then as an individual and nation, we will continue to be victims of violence.
What do you choose?
Editor’s Note: This has been re-posted with the author’s permission, and originally appeared in the March 29th issue of the Central Virginian.