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Backpack, Lined Paper, Pencils, Glock?

World’s most disturbing back-to-school shopping list. In Gardena, CA today, two kids get shot when another’s gun accidentally discharges in his backpack. The article talked a lot about having wands at school to detect firearms. Is it a given that kids go to school armed now? Is the question no longer, “Why did he have a gun?” but “Why aren’t there metal detectors?” That is very frightening to me.

Maybe it’s reality. I used to sub for a “low-performing school district” (translation: poor and minority). At one of the high schools, city police officers hung out at the cafeteria at lunch everyday. I was a bit taken aback at first. As the days wore on, they became part of the landscape.

I really don’t know what to make of this story. The comments I read covered the 2nd Amendment pretty well from both sides. One Conservative said that this is the reason why we should be armed. One Liberal asked if the NRA was happy now.

Personally, I don’t care if someone has a gun. Or even a stockpile to kill every living thing within a 5 mile radius. Most gun owners I’ve come in contact with are very responsible.

This goes beyond the 2nd Amendment. The article stated that fights were happening every day at that school. Have we become so desensitized to violence that fights every day don’t really faze us? Or are we becoming more violent as a society? Violence is all around us in the media. I’m not saying that we should censor it, but is that part of the problem? What can we do keep these things from happening? Is it going to get worse?

So many questions.