Already there is talk about stricter gun control needed in this country since yesterday’s tragedy. Would making guns harder to get have stopped this disturbed young man from harming others? No, I don’t think so. He had hoped to kill more by booby trapping his apartment so do we call for stricter bans on chemicals and explosives? When are we going to stop blaming the tools used in these horrific killings and start blaming the people who perform these heinous acts? At the risk of sounding trite, we have to remember, “People kill people”, and they will use whatever is available to accomplish that task. Guns are just one option. Personally, I would rather see a ban on violent video games. We have a nation of young people who have grown up “killing” in cyberspace and it has got to desensitize some to the horror of taking a life. And what about all the violence in movies and on TV? Can we watch years and years of it and not be affected by it? There is something about men and violence. Does being violent equal being macho? If you watch the movies, it does.
So, what’s the answer? Wish I knew. But something has to change in this country and for that matter, the whole world. I have my opinions as to how it could start but what if we just started being nicer to one another. One baby step in a journey to a different world. If one person can make a difference, just think how 10, 20, 50, 100…people could affect the world. It just takes one spark to make a wildfire, one snowflake to make an avalanche, one drop of water to make a tsunami. Just one. You. Me.