Kendrick Castillo - Hero who gave his life to protect others
There is a lot in the news to discuss but the latest school shooting has me back on a stump to shout out to the world that the headlines of youth and gun violence are for the most part missing a key point. They lead with the GUN and not with the human aspect.
The issue crying out to be discussed and worked on is WHY are young people killing others and in some cases themselves? The method used is a secondary consideration, not a primary because I will “bet the farm” that if you take away the guns, it will not stop the tragedies. The young people will find another way to lash out at their demons and those options can and will be even more tragic.
One of the persons charged with the latest shooting in Colorado is reported to have “F**k Society” on his car or his wall at home. (I’ve heard it both ways) Supposedly one or both were also upset about how gay and lesbians were being treated implying that they may be struggling with those issues.
There is more to support this possibility but by no means am I defending these persons. If they were my children, they’ve done wrong and should not be released or get a reduced sentence because of their youth, A line has to be drawn.
BUT, BUT, BUT the students seem to be seeing more clearly than the adults about this threat to our children and society! They are calling for more help and effort in determining WHY the perpetrators did what they did and to develop ways to address the problem, not necessarily the guns. A rally that they thought was to honor the student killed Kendrick Castillo trying to stop the shootings was in fact a politicized event organized to gain traction for gun control.
According to this article by Trevor Hughes (and many others), hundreds of students walked out of the gun-control vigil because they felt the event “ inappropriately politicized their trauma”. AND THEY WERE 110% RIGHT!
Instead, a parent seemed to summarize their feelings by saying "We need quiet. We need familiar faces. We need to hold our babies. We will heal and we will rise stronger and ready to say 'enough,” Those students came out of the rally with cell phone light held high chanting “Mental Health. Mental Health”.
I believe they hit the nail on the proverbial head and we “adults” need to listen. Find solutions that help our youth (and others) avoid the helpless frustration that makes them think violence is the answer. Whether they feel they are not being heard, social media is mocking them, bullies, or etc., etc., THIS is what we need to work on, not just the tools they use to carry out their attacks on society. If it isn’t guns, it will be something else and some alternatives are MUCH worse.
I will expand on the what and why’s I think today’s society is experience this later. I’ve said it before, but….
photo by Trevor Hughes