Gun Control or Father Involvement?
This week we were all reminded that things can always be worse as the lives of 26innocent people, including 20 children were unfairly snuffed out in the most outrageous methodimaginable. As a result, much of the focus has been on the tools used to commit this heinous act.This act has sparked the biggest debate on gun control I have seen in a long time. I do not believe guns are the issue. Many times, the criminals that commit these crimes have guns thatare illegal to own anyway. If guns were banned, criminals would find a way to get them anywayand others would have no way to defend themselves against them. Let’s face it; guns will never be banned in this country.I want to focus on a topic that many have overlooked in this latest tragedy and other despicable shootings such as Columbine High School in Colorado on April 20, 1999. AdamLanza, the 20 year old shooter had no criminal past, was quiet but “troubled”, according tofamily members. Admittedly, his father had little contact with him since a divorce that startedalmost the exact same day as mine, just before Thanksgiving in 2008. Family members alsohave no recollection of Adam being “troubled” before his father exited his life.Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, shooters in the Columbine incident were radicallydifferent individuals, with vastly different motives and opposite mental conditions. Klebold iseasier to comprehend, a more familiar type. He was hotheaded, but depressive and suicidal. He blamed himself for his problems. Harris is the challenge. He was sweet-faced and well-spoken.Adults, and even some other kids, described him as "nice." But Harris was cold, calculating, andhomicidal. "Klebold was hurting inside while Harris wanted to hurt people,” Again, these boys’fathers were not involved in their lives. I realize this is an understatement. Had their fathers been involved, they would have known that they were planning the largest school killing spree inU.S. history. Normally I would entitle this edition of the Crock “Gun
Control or Parent Involvement
”, but since all of the shooters that commit these crimes are always male, I am focusing on themissing element of a father figure or a dominant father figure in these boy’s lives. If you look back into the history of shootings, most all of these individuals are “loners” or have been allowedto premeditate their crimes. None of them are known as star athletes preoccupied with baseball practice nor are their days filled with family activities. If you want to understand "the killers,"quit asking what drove them to commit these acts and ask what could have prevented them.