Well, here we are again.
I stopped writing about anything about two months ago. It was getting bad for my mental health. I was overwhelmed by the amount of school shootings and related incidents that happened in September. Every time I tried to start writing again, I would just give up. I know I’ve said this before, but this may be the story that makes me give up for good. In almost 23 years, nothing has changed since Columbine. The way things keep going, they may never change.
Anyway, in case you haven’t heard the news, yesterday, there was a school shooting at Oxford High School in Oakland County, Michigan. A 15-year-old sophomore armed with a semi-automatic handgun opened fire in the school, killing three and injuring eight others. Those killed were 16-year-old Tate Myre, 14-year-old Hana St. Juliana, and 17-year-old Madisyn Baldwin. Before we get to any further details, I just wanted to say how heartbroken I am over the needless loss of innocent life. There are now three families that instead of looking forward to the holidays will now be planning funerals and possibly worrying about the expenses of such. No family should be going through something like this right now.
The shooter has not been identified as of yet probably due to his age. However, what we do know is that the gun used in the shooting was purchased by the shooter’s father just four days prior to the shooting. In a perfect world, this man would be prosecuted along with his son for allowing the gun to fall into the teen’s hands, but if history is any indicator, he’ll probably face little to no repercussions outside of allegedly allowing his son to kill three teenagers.
Even though the suspect has not yet been identified, as far as I know, the bullying claim has already been put forth in the media. I don’t care if this kid was hoisted up the school flag pole by his underwear, bullying is not a defense for mass murder. As I’ve said before, the myth of the bullied school shooter hasn’t done anything to prevent bullying, but instead has schools on the lookout for the next school shooter.
And as far as guns go, in my opinion they are still the weapons of cowards and the 2nd Amendment should be repealed. As a nation, we have abused the privilege of arming ourselves, supposedly for self-defense. Instead, I see more armed people who are just looking for a reason to shoot someone. Kyle Rittenhouse anyone?
While it probably won’t happen in my lifetime. I hope one day that this nation can rid our society of the cancer that is gun violence. If not, we may not survive as a nation much longer.
I’ll post more as details become available.