Sure. Now only if you and I were in charge of the decision, that would probably make a difference. ☺

I wasn’t trying to carve out a plan in stone, just trying to find an intersecting point of rationality.

I live in Alaska. I would no more pretend guns were totally unneccessary than I would agree to arming school teachers. I promise I don’t go camping without one. Bears don’t care about your thoughts on gun control.

And honestly, I don’t know WHAT is going to make a difference. The approach taken can’t be limited to gun control because if we keep home-growing people who find shooting up a school full of children a reasonable thing to do, no law telling them they can’t have a weapon to do it with is going to stop them.

Somehow we have to address the reasons they find it an acceptable way to sublimate their rage.

But guns are concrete and mental states are not. And we have to start somewhere. Why not start with legal boundaries, right? We can add the emotional ones (that should already be there) as we go.

Parents of school shooters should be studied. Parenting styles. Abuse trends. Track the trends and learn to predict kids at risk with some accuracy. Intervene. But research like that takes time and money and consensus. Who knows how this country will ever, ever be able to agree on THAT?

I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up, but I know I want it to be spelled right and punctuated correctly. I guess that’s something.

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