Just like all of you, I was shocked to watch the unfolding story about the shooting that took place at the movie theatre in Colorado a few days ago.
I can’t imagine what it would be like to be in a situation like that. I don’t want to imagine being one of the family members whose nice summers day turns into a nightmare right before their eyes.
That being the case; I was amazed when I read this article about how gun sales have surged 43% since the incident!
I am not sure that I would feel safe living in a state where it would seem that every second person owned, and I presume due to the circumstances that have fuelled this surge, carries a firearm.
I get it that people are scared. But actions fuelled by fear are not rational, nor are they sustainable in the long term. Whichever way you look at it, it is a bad idea.
Now I realise that the large majority of my readership are Americans, and that a proportion of you will disagree. You can let me know your thoughts in the comment section below.
The thing that concerns me most is the fact that this isn’t just happening on the streets, but also in the schools. You can see this post I wrote just over a year ago about legislation that allows handguns onto college campuses.
My previous school had its moments as a tough school for student discipline. On the odd occasion there would be a fight or brawl in the classroom. On one occasion I found myself between two students, one of whom had produced a knife. For some teachers that would be enough to send them running, but this is nothing compared to a firearm.
So what’s your thoughts.
- Do you feel safe in your classroom or school playground?
- What options do people have to help them feel safe?
- How do you see this unfold over the next five to ten years?