People with guns can kill people.
This is an unarguable fact, and one that is easily cast away. Cast away like the horrific stories that we have come to accept as a part our daily lives. As we near the third year anniversary of the Sandy Hook massacre and the second week anniversary of the slaughter of two news reporters, it is obvious that not enough has been done. But what exactly, CAN be done?
I did do my summer reading; all 207 pages of Freakonomics by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner, and I’m proud to say that my horizon was expanded. According to Freakonomics, there isn’t much to debate over in the great gun debate. It said that there are more guns in the United States than adults and nearly two-thirds of U.S. homicides involve a gun. Remember that this book was published back in 2005. Guns basically last forever, so there is no point in attempting to halt their flow into the U.S. Making guns harder to get wouldn’t do much either. It’s as easy as seeing that guy down the street. In other words, the damage that we have already done to ourselves cannot be undone.
So if guns are not the problem, how is it possible to keep them out of the hands of people with the intent to kill? It’s not.
In my opinion, the only way to stop the random, heinous murders of innocent people is to take away the motives of the killers. In a majority of these killings that we have grown to accept, the killer wants to display their work. They want to be famous in the only way they can, by being outstandingly gruesome. During their lives they may have noticed that their good deeds have gone unnoticed, and their bad deeds have. Their killings are an act to make a mark in history, and we do exactly what they want. We notice them. We read their names and might say to our friend the next day, “Hey, did you hear what happened last night?” Yet after a few days, the deaths become a distant afterthought.
Videos, like the one posted by Bryce Williams, are lapped up by the public.
But to take away the killers’ only motive, should we stop publicizing these tragic shootings? The victims’ families seek a sort of retribution for the deaths of their loved ones. They want the deaths to mean something and their voices heard, but speaking out is subtly furthering the goal of the murder: for their own actions to be heard and acknowledged.
If we can bear that 20 elementary students were murdered in their school and do close to nothing about it, what else can we bear? When the time comes, what will we finally deem unbearable?