Last weekend six innocent people lost their lives at the hands of a gunman. A gunman whose parents had taken him to numerous doctors and even alerted the police of his behavior. A gunman who was diagnosed with aspergers, a form of Autism that impedes a personís understanding of social norms. A gunman who had YouTube videos all but outlining his exact plans for ďrevengeĒ and ďredemption.Ē
Where did America go wrong?
The idea behind the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act is worthy of recognition. Gov. Andrew Cuomo saw an epidemic happening in the country and decided he wanted to make his state safer. You canít blame a guy for that. However, the SAFE Act was thrown together in haste and signed even quicker. Essentially, blaming all gun-owners or pro-gun activists for these deaths.
I donít own a gun, so Iím only speaking in speculation here, but Iíd imagine those who do own guns donít want to have a bad name. Take the National Rifle Association, their core values are focused on gun safety, education and responsibility. And Iím willing to bet those who have Repeal the NY SAFE Act signs in their front yard are not in favor of all these mass murders. Yet, theyíre blaming the government.
Then there are mental health advocates. Both Elliot Rodger, the gunman behind last Fridayís attacks, and Adam Lanza, the gunman behind the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy, were both on the Autism spectrum. Those who donít understand the diagnosis are quick to blame it on the fact that the gunman is ďnot all there.Ē Mental health advocates are trying to stop that from being the go-to reason these attacks happen and instead blaming the government and gun-owners.
So, if Iím understanding this right, we have three different organizations who would like to find ways to stop these senseless deaths, the government, the NRA and gun-owners and mental health advocates. Yet, all three of them are still playing the blame game.
Earlier this week I spoke with an elementary school principal who explained to me that theyíre focusing on character education, which teaches students how to work together, not be a bully and say something if they see bullying going on. Maybe itís time we get some elementary students to give some insight on character building. I bet they donít play the blame game.
Where did America go wrong? Iíll tell you.
Three organizations are working toward one goal, but rather than working with each other, theyíre placing the blame and letting politics get involved. Iím willing to bet if they can come together and find some common ground, those six lives could have been spared.