As most of you may know, a tremendous tragedy in America occurred this Friday, December 14th, resulting in 27 deaths – 20 of which were children between the ages of 6 and 10.Within minutes, before the bodies were even able to reach their final temperature, a mass frenzy erupted both in public areas and through various information and media outlets in relation to gun control. The swelling outcome of two opposing sides clashing was felt across the entire world, shaking people to the core and leaving, in its wake, doubt instead of trust, fury instead of compassion, and blind adherence to either black or white instead of careful analysis of what lies in between.
What’s in between is civilization – in all its glory, horror, hope, misguidance, nourishment, neglect, foresight, hindsight and all other microbial words leading to the initial creation of one solitary human being. This is where problems arise, but it’s not necessarily where they will end. How much do we actually know and understand ourselves?
How much do we know and understand each other? How, then, will we structure communities of us? By hearing the words of others? Or by listening to their meaning? By stating our opinions boldly? Or by communicating respectfully? These basic questions are ones that we, as social animals, must ask. However, the answers and their subsequent results are not so easy to delineate, certainly not with a measure of level-headedness that denounces all impulsive emotions. What, then, to do?
In a conservative blog forum I often visit for its nullifying effect on my naivete, I had the opportunity to engage in blunt but sincere conversation about the event that transpired as well as theories of cause and effect. What seemed to me as a simple solution of implementing mandatory metal detectors and officers of the law as guardsmen placed a safe distance away was quickly dismantled and deemed not so much ineffective as it was impractical. Answers ranged from: playgrounds would still be at risk; the person manning the detector would be the first to go; many superintendents don’t want armed personnel in schools; and making school metal detectors “mandatory” by Federal edict would set the beginning stage of a dictatorship, whether or not the idea was a benevolent one. These were all valid comebacks………