Posted May 25, 2022 by Michael L. Brown

Something is fundamentally wrong with our nation when, year after year, our children are gunned down in cold blood right within their own schools, often by fellow students. This madness must stop before the death toll gets higher.

Right now, the pain and sorrow and shock are unimaginable. Who can fathom what the families in Uvalde, Texas, are going through in the aftermath of another day of horror?

The Columbine massacre shocked the nation on April 20, 1999, with 23 killed and more than 20 wounded. (The killers were 18 and 17 years old.)

More recently (and skipping over tragic events such as the massacre on the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg, leaving 32 dead and 17 injured), on December 14, 2012, the massacre at the Sandy Hook Elementary School left 27 dead and 2 injured. (The shooter was 20 years old.)

Next was the shooting at Marysville Pilchuck High School on October 24, 2014, leaving 4 dead and 1 injured. (The shooter was 17 years old.)

Then the bloodbath at Umpqua Community College on October 1, 2015, resulting in 9 dead and 9 injured. (The shooter was 26 years old.)

And then the shooting at North Park Elementary School on April 10, 2017, leaving 3 dead and 1 injured. (The shooter was 53 years old.)

Then it was Aztec High School on December 7, 2017, with 2 killed. (The shooter was 21 years old.)

Then the slaughter at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School – Parkland on February 14, 2018, leaving 17 dead and 17 injured. (The shooter was 19 years old.)

Next it was Santa Fe High School on May 18, 2018, with 10 dead and 12 injured. (The shooter was 17 years old.)

Then Saugus High School on November 14, 2019, leaving 2 dead and 3 injured. (The shooter was 16 years old.)

And then Oxford High School on November 30, 2021, resulting in 4 dead and 7 injured. (The shooter was 15 years old.)

Now, on May 24, 2022, it is a massacre at another elementary school (it is hard even to write these words), with 21 dead (19 children, grades 2-4, and 2 teachers) and more than 12 injured. (The shooter was 18 years old.)

And these are just the worst in a long list of terrible shootings.

Who can fathom this kind of evil? Who can fathom barging into a school filled with little children, murdering them in cold blood? What kind of sickness causes someone to commit such atrocities? And what drives teenagers in particular to commit these horrific crimes, especially against children as young as 5 and 6 years old?

Of course, in the aftermath of such tragedies, Democratic political leaders and left-leaning stars and athletes and media personalities will blame Republicans for their pro-gun policies.

Already, President Biden and former President Obama and Lebron James and a host of others have said enough is enough. Something must be done to make guns less accessible. The laws must change.

And, as always, Republicans and gun owners will push back, saying that guns are not the problem. People are the problem.

But politics and policies are not the issue today. Battles between Republicans and Democrats are not the central topic.

Instead, little children are the issue – little children, shot dead in cold blood. Little children slaughtered in their classrooms. Little children who had barely begun their lives.

School teachers are the issue – men and women who simply showed up for work to pour into these young lives, only to lose their own.

The grieving families are the issue – with holes torn in them so deeply that it could take a lifetime to heal (if healing ever comes).

That’s where our focus needs to be, and that means that everything must be put on the table – and I mean everything.

Is the biggest problem broken homes? Is it easy access to guns? Is it mental illness? Is it violent entertainment? Is it social media? Is it something else?

All sides must come together, not to gain political points or to protect sacred cows, in order to staunch this river of blood. Sticking our heads in the sand and hoping this will not happen again simply will not do.

A September 2020 article noted that, “On September 20, 2021, a student started shooting at a university in Perm, Russia. Eight people were killed and fourteen wounded. While such incidents are rare in Russia, they’re widespread in the US. So what are the reasons behind America’s school shooting epidemic?

“According to Everytown Support Fund data, there have been 549 school shootings in the United States between 2013 and 2019. This year, at least 43 incidents of gunfire on school premises have taken place, with twelve people dead and nineteen injured. In the past 20 years, school shootings have climbed to the top of the social agenda in America.”

Of course, some of these “549 school shootings” do not relate to the murderous attacks we are discussing here. But without a doubt, America leads the world in the category of school shootings, and that by a country mile. Why?

The article just cited puts mental health at the top of the list with Second Amendment rights coming in second.

But that is just one point of view.

Others have traced mass shootings back to fatherless homes (including mass shootings in churches and places of business and other locations). The discussion is intense and passionate, understandably so.

But when it comes to the terrible, inexcusable loss of children’s lives on our watch, we must put away our pet peeves and our partisan politics, and we must ask, “To the best of our ability, what can we do together to prevent such tragedies from happening in the future without turning our country into a giant, authoritarian police state?”

It’s the least we can do at a time like this.


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Seidensticker posted a comment · May 30, 2022
Once again, God has a chance to do something--say, turn the shooter's AR-15 into a paintball gun--but he does nothing. He's always a no-show. The God hypothesis needs to be retired.
OT posted a comment · May 28, 2022
News - find Uvalde gunman, isolated and bullied, was teased about being 'school shooter.' Then he bought guns.also One former classmate who sat with Ramos in high school and played Xbox with him said he "would get severely bullied and made fun of a lot" for the clothes he wore and his family's financial situation, CNN reported. "People would, like, actually call him school shooter and stuff like that," he said. ……..OT “ what kind of messed up is that??” Fix that and you lessen the probability of creating shooter’s Skwh310 is a political bully a self proclaimed religious bully he plays on bait n switch culpability he blames others for what God clearly calls sin and try’s to shame people for calling it out! Christ Jesus said, "Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free" (John 8:32). The sad reality of sin.. ———————————— Sin deceives us into thinking that God has distanced Himself from us. ———————————— o It affects our prayer life and worship. ———————————— o Above everything else, abiding in sin quenches the Holy Spirit in us. ———————————— o We end up listening to the wrong voices. ———————————— o We are easily deceived by Satan. ———————————— o It affects our witnessing to other people.
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echodeltacharlie posted a comment · May 27, 2022
Those who think gun laws would do anything about it are simpleminded. Even if you could *somehow* prevent shooters from having dreaded semiautomatic guns, they'd still have guns. Even if you could *somehow* prevent them from having guns, they'd use other weapons—like cars or trucks. It is inexcusable that at this point, an armed man can have unresisted access to a school. What does the 2nd Amendment tell us? ‘A well-regulated militia, being *necessary* to the security of a *free* state....’ There are minimally tens of potential armed responders present in any school. It's way past time they were armed and trained to respond...and who is watching the doors?
OT posted a comment · May 27, 2022
America shouldn’t kill babies.
OT posted a comment · May 26, 2022
Maybe it’s (Dumb old Party) DOP!
OT posted a comment · May 26, 2022
And while we’re at it the least we could do at a time like this is ban the Sale of all video games that have gratuitous violence/killing for entertainment. what is that game called “call of duty” mortal Combat” Postal” manhunt” what sends people over the edge but mental illnesses! Gun violence one of the many things that widen the gap of the DOP (Democrats Opposition party)!
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Seidensticker posted a comment · May 26, 2022
"It’s the least we can do at a time like this." And, based on past performance, I'm sure we can count on the GOP to do the least that they can do.
OT posted a comment · May 26, 2022
Idiotic and simplistic, you’ve stated your fear young white males with guns/Skwh310 you can add young Hispanic males to your fear list you seem to fear what you can’t control! This Texas shooting is not the gop’s fault it is society’s fault collectively but more narrowly a 18 yr old male Hispanic made a tragic decision, a choice that resulted in a deep sadness for the loss of life .
Swkh310 posted a comment · May 26, 2022
I lived through the 1950-60’s too, Czar. Automatic and semiautomatic assault weapons did not exist. The problem is easy to identify and easy to fix. But the GOP is owned by the NRA. That is the problem.
OT posted a comment · May 26, 2022
Mental illness of a shooter has nothing to do with guns and the availability and ability to poses one. The cause of such a diabolical act of cowardice! The pro choice to kill is right in keeping with all baby’s murdered by abortion everyday. babies to kindergartners! Absolutely diabolical!
czarpaul posted a comment · May 25, 2022
Removing God from society, normalizing senseless violence and teaching kids to hate people who don't tow the progressive line got us here. We didn't have a bunch of school school shootings in the 40's-60's we we still had the last fumes of Christianity in our culture and SENSELESS violence wasn't glorified (video games have done a LOT of that though Hollywood has done it's part too). I didn't say we didn't have any but we didn't have a bunch like today.
Swkh310 posted a comment · May 25, 2022
No need for concern. Nothing will happen as a result, nothing will change. If the wholesale slaughter of kindergarten children, one week before Christmas, didn't sever the GOP from the NRA, nothing will. I guess "Pro Life" doesn't extend past birth.