One would think that the Sandy Hook massacre would have been a wake up call to the United States. It wasn’t. Sandy Hook happened in December of 2012 and since then there have been over 200 school shootings (according to the New York Times).
School shootings are the new normal: as Americans, we get immediately upset after a school shooting and then raging debates begin on gun control and mental health evaluations, but no change actually occurs. Righteous indignation turns into apathy.
an implicit agreement among the members of a society to cooperate for social benefits, for example by sacrificing some individual freedom for state protection. Theories of a social contract became popular in the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries among theorists such as Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, and Jean-Jacques Rousseau, as a means of explaining the origin of government and the obligations of subjects.
- Creating a safe zone around all schools. I envision schools set up like penitentiaries: 1. metal detectors in every school regardless of age of students. 2. set up a safe zone of 100 yards around the entire school (maybe Trump should build walls around schools instead of border?) and 3. build a panopticon and have an armed watchman for anyone who breaches the safe zone.
- What if we could form a 51st state? A state where guns are outlawed and if you chose to live in this state, you accept that all guns are banned. It would be a new state within the United States.
- Or what if we could establish one state within the 50 states that bans guns and those of us who are willing to forgo the second amendment can live here. Is this possible? Could we as Americans do this?
Something has to be done. We cannot continue to live like this in fear of shootings at schools. We need to forgo apathy and find a solution. Share your solutions so we can feel safe sending our kids to school.