There are no quick fixes to solving the epidemic of gun violence in this nation. There is no silver bullet.
It will take years, even decades, as well as a great deal of money and dedication to tackle the multiplicity of causes that feed the epidemic of school shootings.
Some Second Amendment advocates say we don’t need new laws, we need to enforce the ones we have. There is some truth in their call for enforcing existing laws and regulations. That is a good place to begin, but it is only a small beginning. I would add that we not only need to strictly enforce existing laws, rules, and procedures, we need to hold people accountable for their actions and inactions.
People in authority need to understand that in dealing with threats of gun or other violence they must always err on the side of caution, otherwise they will pay a price. If that message can get across, we can make a dent in the number of school shootings. But to do this, someone, at some time, must be held accountable for his or her actions or inactions when they result in death or injury.
Time and time again, authorities have wasted valuable time, did not act, and lives were lost and people hurt. (To be continued)