It has been a very rough entry into 2011. On January 5th a kid entered a Omaha school and shot two school administrators and one of them would die. Later on in the week, on January 8th an individual opens fire on a crowd outside a grocery store in Arizona. Six people would die, and 13 would be injured (including US congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords). These are incidents where body counts are irrelevant. Both were tragic and both were carried out by troubled people.
These two incidents do have some similarities in their aftermath though. Both have the public scrambling to lay blame and to find some way to “fix” it so it doesn’t happen again. It seems like we as human beings have this innate ability to forget how things like this happen no matter what we do, or who we want to blame.
Around here, people seem to be focusing on the fact that a kid got a gun, and not so much on the circumstances that brought a teenager to the point where he felt this was the only course of action he had left. Instead the finger-pointing goes to the gun, and whether it was properly secured. This was a 17-year-old kid with a police officer father. I would think that he would have some idea of how to get the key, and where the guns were stored. If you read the comments many have made, more are concerned that the weapon was readily available to the kid, than they are about the why he felt he needed it.
In Arizona, this incident took a very large National stage. You know what got lost on this? That’s right, the person who did this. Don’t get me wrong, this is an absolutely heinous crime, and one this person should pay a heavy price for. However, all you are hearing about now is who is to blame for the man to carry this out. I’m sorry, but cross-hairs on an online map seems pretty flimsy to me. I get frustrated with the political climate all the time. That doesn’t mean I am heading to Walmart to make a gun purchase. I find it very sad our politicians have seen fit to try to use this as part of their agenda to destabilize the other party for its own personal gain.
Yes, we human beings are very good at pointing fingers and laying blame. Unfortunately, as history has shown us, we are not so good at fixing the issues (whatever they may be) to minimize these events from happening.