This morning’s school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut – in which close to thirty people (both adults and children) were gunned down in cold blood is a bleak reminder of the world that we currently live in. The fact that the multiple shootings took place in Connecticut is already shocking – but not as shocking as the fact that such an incident could take place in any part of the world. And the sad fact is – previous shootings similar to what happened in Newtown today have happened, with body counts that could sicken even the most healthiest of people.
Of course, I’m not surprised – but then, neither should most of the world, who yearn for a simpler time, yet realize that it’s virtually impossible. Today’s youth generation knows all too well that any school and university throughout the world can no longer be considered a safe haven for any children – and especially with the many problems facing them today, including the fear of one or more unhinged gunmen wielding firearms, whose motives would be something confusing to even a mind-reader. I don’t know if my generation was luckier than today’s – but the tragic fact is that the world has become more dangerous, especially as far as violent deaths have occurred, and not just from firearms. But I do know that it’s more difficult for today’s generation, despite how far we’ve come as a society – and the more problems that threaten today’s youth, the greater the consequences. And especially when they’ll greatly affect the next generation, whose lives will become even more complicated if many, if not all, of the problems that we face today are solved – including an increase in gun control laws that’ll hopefully and greatly reduce, if not eliminate, the number of deaths from gun shootings.
Of course, there’ll be strong criticism from those who believe that stronger gun control laws will hamper the right to bear arms – but those critics should do well to remember that owning a firearm doesn’t give you the right to kill anyone at any time, as well as the fact that when one person guns down one or more people with a firearm, it’s a violation of what truly matters in our society, including the preservation of human life. Maybe after what happened in Newtown today, the country – and the rest of the world – will finally realize that stronger gun control laws may be the only effective way to greatly reduce the kind of senseless violence that does nobody any good. Including the families and friends of those gunned down who’ll have to live with nightmarish memories for the rest of their lives.
John Lavernoich is the author of the novels Code Name: Chameleons and Chameleons To The Rescue, as well as various non-fiction articles and short stories that have been published in print and on the Internet – to learn more about Mr. Lavernoich and his writing achievements, please visit his official website (http://johnlavernoich.sharepoint.com), as well as his pages on Windows Live Spaces (http://cid-ef88d131988ab38f.profile.live.com), Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/john.lavernoich?ref=name), MySpace (http://www.myspace.com/jlavernoich), Twitter (http://twitter.com/JLav65), and WordPress (https://johnlav.wordpress.com). Mr. Lavernoich also maintains his own video channel on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/user/JLav65?feature=mhsn) as well as his own Author Spotlight page on Lulu Books‘ website (http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/Highroad).
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