Kristi Gilroy hugs a young woman at a police check point near the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School where 17 people were killed by a gunman Wednesday. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- Even before the death toll had been verified in Parkland, Florida from the massacre at the high school there, the usual suspects were making the usual arguments on Twitter and elsewhere.
You can probably recite them from memory – it’s all about the guns…guns don’t kill people, people do…government has to do more to stop this…government ought to just arm the teachers and back off…and on and on and on.
I taped these comments last night and perhaps by now we know more, but the details will unfold in grimly familiar fashion. The family and friends of the alleged shooter will shed light on his struggles with behavioral problems or mental illness…or maybe they won’t. Florida’s weak gun laws will be cited even before we know how he got hold of them…political apologists for the gun lobby will claim its too soon to even talk about that.
And in the end, after we’ve had our political arguments and mourned the dead and wrung our hands, everyone will move on to another story, and nothing will be done to prevent or deter the next atrocity.
This is the horrendous pattern we’ve fallen into, and if I had any snappy answers for how to break out of it, I’d share them.
The best I can do is suggest something that likely no one will find satisfactory.
Let’s put high-tech security features and well-trained, armed guards in every school in America, and cover the multi-billion-dollar cost with sky-high taxes on guns, knives and bomb-making materials.
Let’s pass a law banning any instructions on how to make homemade weapons from the internet.
And then let’s see if any of that breaks this deadly pattern.
Because let’s face it--it could be your kid’s school to get hit next.
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