Go back a step to bullying being the cause of a lot of gun violence. Of course so does the lack of a father figure, a broken home, kids making fun of you or so perceived and being forced to eat oatmeal for breakfast.
Go back another step to what leads to bullying. It has been around as long as I can remember. Kids can be incredibly cruel to one another. I experienced my share of it from older girls on my street. And I'm ashamed I dished out my own fair share. I have never been able to pin point why I have that particular flaw.
That being said, it was considered misbehaving. When found out I was duely punished and believe me, my parents had a way of finding out. When I was on the receiving end I talked with my Mom. She always made me feel better about myself. It does drain your confidence and hurts terribly. She told me to just stay away from them. In time I was able to do just that - with her support and encouragement. She knew it wasn't easy for me. But she was always there for me.
On into school there were the usual cliques. Mine was the band kids - most of us were nerdy at the time but we stuck together and did our thing. Made music. Frankly, most of those oh so popular kids were popular for a reason. Of course they were pretty or cheer leaders or football players but they were mostly pretty nice kids and they too had parents who cared.
There was, too, always the loner. They were strange to the rest of us and caused the teachers consternation. I never remember them being violent or unusually angry. Just sullen. But they coped and so did the rest of us.
The foundation for the majority of my high school acquaintances was sound parenting reinforced by teachers more than willing to work with both parent and student. That's what the PTA (Parent Teachers Association) was all about. Do they still have them today?
I'm thinking if more emphasis was put on cooperation between teachers and parents in identifying problems and finding solutions for them, kids would be better served than after the fact prayer vigils and protests.
Nope. Kids just aren't given the basics for coping. Safe spaces, running to authority figures when someone looks at them funny or makes a snide remark doesn't cut it. A restructuring or elimination of time on social media would certainly help but again, that involves parenting and cooperation with teachers.
Don't have time to parent? Don't have kids. Don't know how? Common sense is a good place to start. My Mom didn't have a study guide either yet she and my Dad did a pretty darn good job. They were both there for me, gave me a fair shot at an explanation for wrong doing while also listening to a teacher or another parent.
Isn't this the crux of it? Back to the basics? Guns are a last ditch cry of anguish, not the cause of it