Like any school shooting, this one is both alarming and sad as it once again reminds us that we have unstable people of all ages in our midst who, once triggered, will act on their raging and out-of-control anger. No doubt, this young man needed help, or at least more than he was currently getting from his visits to the psychologist to address his anger "issues." The minutes ticked off as the psychologist sat and listened to this young man, likely only occasionally asking, “... and how did that make you feel?” In terms of the psychologist, Karl Pierson was simply another patient and there was no urgency beyond that associated with all of his other patients.
But, let’s not lose our way here—the psychologist is not the one who will end up in the crosshairs of the media and the gun control lobby. The shooter will not be the focus either, if the report that I read is any indication. No, the focus will fall into two areas: 1.The school was totally remiss in the manner with which they handled this young man, and 2. Accessibility to guns allowed this tragedy to occur. Any other aspects leading up to or the tragedy itself pale in light of what the media and the gun control proponents want you to see.
Let’s start with the first one—the school was remiss in its handling of this student. Just prior to the shooting, Karl Pierson created an incident at school by beating on a locked classroom door and screaming in the hallway. I assume that maybe the debate coach was either in that room or had just ejected the Mr. Pierson from it—there were no details on that point. In response, the school sent him home for the remainder of the day. Two months prior to the shooting, the young man was observed by security guards looking at guns on his school computer. The school took no action against Mr. Pierson in that incident and rightly so, as there are no laws against looking at guns on computers. There might be a school rule that students cannot look at things unrelated to their studies but if that's the case, nothing came of it. Finally, Mr. Pierson entered the school building through a door which should have been locked but was propped open. Here one can quickly conclude that anyone in charge of security at the school was not on the job, even though the door might have been checked only minutes before it was propped open. Regardless, these circumstances create a powerful argument that laxity at the school is to blame for enabling Mr. Pierson’s actions.
Then, of course, we have the gun—the ultimate symbol of violence to those who demand that the guns be taken away. Never mind the machete—it only detracts from the presence of the gun and it was not used in the tragedy. No, to hell with everything else; the problem was the shotgun, plain and simple. Blaming guns and linking their “violence” to schools and students helps to make the point that all guns should be banned and confiscated immediately, and that having done so, schools will always be a safe haven of learning. Most of the media will take this path as they deliver stories like this with all the sensationalism they can possibly muster.
The public will lose sight of the mental instability of this young man. He did, in fact, brag about his ability to fool the psychiatrists. They will lose sight of the emphasis that needs to be placed on the psychological aspects of this tragedy and never question the young man’s treatment or if it’s possible to detect someone intent on “fooling” the experts. No, they will point to the student looking at guns on his computer and, in hindsight, connect the dots between those actions and the tragic shooting. If those twisting the perspective have their way, the guns will be gone; the ability to look at things on the computer will be gone, and schools will be locked down like prisons with steel bars at every turn and guards on every corner. All these visible symbols will give those on the Left great relief that we can “see” that we are making progress to eliminate such tragedies. The psychologist will continue his practice and periodically pause to ask the next student, “…and how does that make you feel?” The mental instability which tragically continues to control the actions of some people will continue and the next actions will play to tragedy without the presence of a gun—the item which is seen as causing all of this in the first place.
We are a nation of people that is quickly losing its ability to reason. This is not happening because judgment and common sense are dead, but rather because we have put people into leadership positions who are able to carry out their agenda much more easily if we are made to think illogically. “Guns are bad—get rid of them!” “The Constitution is bad—get rid of it!” America is bad—fundamentally transform it!” These are the subliminal messages which bleed through these tragedies which are held up as prime examples as to why such conclusions are right. This is the thinking that creates the drape of political correctness and complicates our ability to see the truth with our own eyes. Think about it—it’s not okay for an 18-year-old to look at guns on the computer but it is perfectly fine for a 15-year-old girl to seek an abortion without consulting her parents? In fact, there is far more urgency in stopping a young man from looking at guns because a 15-year-old girl seeking an abortion is now politically correct.
One does not have to look at a tragedy at the Arapahoe High School to see this happening. Look at Ferguson, Missouri, look at the aftermath in St. Louis. Look at those, and look at the federal government who charges in to shape these events to their liking. Look at the media reports and the sensationalism used to promote a specific point of view. Look at how the evil aspects of gun ownership always makes it to the top of the heap. This is only going to get worse, and the tragedies are not going to stop because the actions that address them are not focused on the real problems. The actions are focused on controlling you and me. Now, how does that make you feel?
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