(Update: I do include a correction about the Simpson murders; they were stabbed, not shot. My attempt was to link the uptick in shooting with the Simpson murders simply because going after a murder criminally is NOT the only way to go. Apparently this linkage was lost on some readers. My apology for anyone have their whole world view explode over this single point.)
There was a shooting today at a Portland high school just after 8 am. The shooter and a student are dead.
Clearly, something is in the air. Whether it's extreme right-wing paranoia of our government or narcissism or mental illness or teen unhappiness, their one link is guns.
So far we can't do much about adults who get guns. (But we can work to close those gunshow loopholes. Yes on 594.) The Daily Show had a hilarious skit that pointed out how Second Amendment supporters like Bill O'Reilly said that there will "always be mass murders." Except, as the Daily Show points out, in countries where gun laws have been enacted and have virtually no mass murders.
BUT, parents YOU do have control over your guns. And whether it's a 2-year old or a 16-year old in your house, YOU have a responsibility to secure your guns.
Kids are smart. They are curious. And they know how to find things. Your bedside drawer? Not such a good hiding place.
Have a gun - I really don't care. But have the civic responsibility to secure it against any access by a minor in your home.
This week marks the 20th anniversary of the (CORRECTION: stabbings) of O.J Simpson's wife and her friend. It was truly a bizarre time for the American criminal justice system.
But one thing to keep in mind if you commit murder, here is what we learned from the Simpson trial.
If you cannot get someone on criminal charges, there's always civil court. And the families of Nicole Brown-Simpson and her friend, Ronald Goldman, brought him nearly to his financial knees. It's probably the reason Simpson is in prison today (not for the murders but for an armed robbery).
If you do not secure your guns, not only could your child hurt himself or others, you may find yourself losing everything you own if victims or their families choose to go after you in civil court.
Something to consider.