Not on the dialogue table: Nancy Lanza and HER money and guns killed
I learned something when my kids were growing up. We were broke but not poor as I was in grad school in southern Illinois and my kids attended the only high school with children of professors and doctors and lawyers. We had a nice apt on campus but little money.
My kids would tell me about the beer parties the high school students would host when the parents were out of town or on vacation. My kids did not attend. I never had STREET DRUGS OF ANY KIND, PRESCRIPTION DRUGS OF ANY KIND, BEER, WINE, CIGARETTES, GUNS, OR WEAPONS IN THE HOUSE. This is what I taught my kids without saying a word. They never saw me imbibe any of the above because that was beyond my spirititual beliefs. They were surprised at what the middle class white kids would get into and so was I.
I also learned from other teen relatives that often the parents had the street drugs in the home and that is where the kids got their hits too. So a thought crossed my mind: How much of this is related to SES and available money for kids who do not work?
My kids did not have money to buy beer or guns and I certainly never had them around for them to “borrow” or go to shooting range with. Children who are not our own and those who are our own learn what they see and are taught in non verbal manners. The violent video games and movies are all apart of the mix.
This is why this issue is so difficult. Gun laws are on the books. We don’t need the bullets that kill the shit out of a person nor the handguns. But then again we don’t need the alcohol that often fuels these fires. What to do? Point the finger and the blame where it lies. These school killings only happened among middle class white areas almost exclusively. Most of the shooters were white or NOT black but Asian.
In general due to economic restraists blacks don’t buy rifles and expensive guns and killing machines. Where would they store them? And if they could store them how would they buy them and the bullets to go with them. Why would they buy them when they have precious little money for other things they would first ask themselves. Not saying they are better parents but it is a financial reality.
What would solve this problem that is so multi-faceted? Who is to blame: society, parents, guns available legally and illegally, violent culture, revenge gang crimes.
The list goes on. On the other side of the rifle coin we have urban blacks using and buying handguns which were banned in Chicago. Mind you they are cheaper weapons and so are the bullets and also easier to get by anyone. But they still kill one person one black boy or girl or child at a time. No one with a handgun is going to a school and shoot it up. They won’t get too far. But they will do a drive by and kill whomever they can who LOOKS like them.
Yes, blacks and browns have more crimes on the books than whites. But does it matter? If you think it matters then you are also on the side of where parents and fathers have gone wrong by their absence in the life of their sons, their black and brown sons who commit most of these violent crimes. Why can’t this be applied to whites and their money and their big guns?
- Mother of shooter was a fan of guns (newsobserver.com)
- The scapegoating of Nancy Lanza | Lionel Shriver (guardian.co.uk)
- New Details Emerge A Week After School Massacre (connecticut.cbslocal.com)
Posted on December 24, 2012, in Health Care Trough, Pig Trough and tagged Associated Press, chicago, Connecticut, Elementary school, gun, High school, Illinois, Recreation. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.