Ever since the awful shooting that took place last week, people have been raging against each other online over gun control, over how to treat people with mental illness, over video games, over religious beliefs, and more.
At the end of the day, it comes down to this: No one wants to see innocent children killed at school.
Everyone is looking for a way to stop that from happening, and in their own way, they are grasping for a way to control an uncontrollable world and make sure it doesn’t happen again.
But this isn’t the first time that innocent children have been gunned down in school in America, and it likely won’t be the last. Crazy, stupid people do crazy, stupid things for attention.
I remember being a child in school and hearing about the shootings in Columbine. I remember the metal detectors going up at school and feeling less safe, not more safe. I remember the day I was informed that my spiked necklace was a weapon, and that I was no longer allowed to wear it. It didn’t make anyone safer that I was less fashionable. But that wasn’t the point. I stopped wearing that choker because it was better for everyone.
We hear people raging over gun control issues, and one thing that I’m not hearing is a discussion of protecting children like we protect police. If we’re genuinely talking about arming teachers with guns, why aren’t we talking about making school uniforms out of kevlar?
Because if we’re a society that refuses to disarm, we’re going to need armor. And it’s going to need to be everywhere.