(By Brandon Hansen/Managing Editor of the Chewelah Independent)
This week has no doubt seen you discussing gun control with a neighbor, friend, family member or somebody on social media. This particular conversation I’ve been avoiding like the plague because I am neither a gun expert nor am I an expert on human behavior. I do, however, remember that shortly after the Freeman school shooting, I got rather hot and bothered at Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie D. Knezovich when he blamed the media for the current rash of school shootings.
I thought at the time that Knezovich was simplifying the issue and pointing fingers. However, since the media is a reflection of society itself – whether we like it or not – Knezovich’s statements are very true: the media and in turn society is to blame for things like this.
What bugs me is how this whole debate is framed is how it’s pitting gun owners and enthusiasts vs. people who want gun control. For something like this recent school shooting to stop repeating over and over, many many things need to happen.
Don’t blame just the AR-15 that an 18-year old in our society bought and shot up his former school. Don’t shrug and say “don’t blame the gun” without thinking about it further. Ask yourself why society refuses to look at themselves in the mirror when this happens. More