The School Shooting Crisis

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First off, I would like to send my sincerest condolences to the families of those affected and traumatized by school shootings.

School shootings have been affecting our society, devastating our families and killing children for years now. Motives vary, but there is never a valid reason to commit a mass murder.

Now that children are conscious and willing to change the terrible cycle, we must all be there to support them, because not only does it affect them, but everyone around them. In fact, everyone in general.

You may not think so now, but it does. For example, if you own a gun store it may not affect you until it is your kid, niece, nephew or godchild’s school that gets affected or even worse, them that dies.

You only really realize that it’s a problem, when it hurts you directly, which is very tragic.

It is not only the children, but the many parents with guns in their homes.

Whether clearly accessible or hidden, kids find things. Maybe the day that they find it, they are having a party and their friends force them to steal it or even use it.

It can be the worst, when your child is supposedly depressed, suicidal or even just young.

It doesn’t matter whether you are a professional or have been in the army, the risks of owning a gun in your home are still all the same. If you feel you need the extra protection, you can always learn to defend yourself without owning a gun.

I hope that now, kids will be more aware of their surroundings and of their friends who share an interest in guns.

I feel as though, many school shootings done by attendees of the school can be avoided by early intervention.

Also, children must stop bullying their peers and shouldn’t condone the use, promotion or even talk of guns (unless the talk is educational) as should parents.

If you suspect and have substantial proof of a student planning to commit a crime, you should tell a respectable adult like the principal or your parents and they can choose the best method to deal with the situation through the police etc.

Please watch this video on paying attention to the little things.

Finally, we should all know that this crisis must be stopped, for the good of the children, their families and our society. So for the better of our future, can we please come together, including politicians and the National Rifle Association and change this deadly cycle?!

“Yes, people pull the trigger but guns are the instrument of death. Gun control is necessary, and delay means more death and horror.”- Eliot Spitzer

Marie-Paul Duwai-Sowa is the author of MP's Zone, a column to inspire tweens and teens. She loves to write, read, draw and spend time with her family.

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