What to Do When Change Doesn’t Happen

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.

From dictionary.com:

so·cial con·tract 


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.
School shootings break our social contract. As Americans we all are products of our education system. As parents and students we ‘benefit’ from education and agree to pay taxes for this right. Education of the population is for the betterment of society as a whole.
Some people do not want the social benefit of education and actively attack this institution–which is the fiber of American society. Harming children (our future leaders) breaks this social contract. Therefore, we need a new social contract so that we can safely educate the youngest of our society.
Additionally, the divide over gun control is never going to be breached. Guns are going to continue to get into schools, work places, homes etc. Gun violence is happening in every city across this country. In 2017, the total number of gun incidents was 61, 497 and the number of deaths was 15,590 according to gunviolencearchive.org.
But those who want guns are going to keep their guns, and there is no changing that fact. There is no way we are going to get guns off of people, like the way it was done in Australia. So with guns remaining part of the  fabric of American society I have come up with possible solutions to our education system:
  • 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.
A second solution has a broader scope:
  • 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.

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