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Shootings point to lack of education

Posted: November 7, 2012 - 12:15am

Stunning. The Halloween night shooting of Kristen Burnette means that for the third time in less than two years, a 13-year-old Columbia County girl has been shot to death by a Columbia County boy. In each case, no adults were in the home at the time, and the boy was using a weapon taken from an absent adult.

In all three cases, families and friends on both sides have been devastated, and the broader community is stunned. Whatever can be done to prevent such tragedy clearly isn’t happening.

One thing that should be done: Introduce gun safety to children.

This isn’t about teaching kids how to point and shoot a gun. It’s already abundantly clear that firing a weapon is entirely too easy. What’s badly needed is something like the National Rifle Association’s Eddie Eagle gun safety program, which teaches kids such basic information as to assume every gun is loaded - and to leave them alone if not under adult supervision.

Obviously, these cases demonstrate that teens shouldn’t be left in a home unsupervised, that inquisitive kids shouldn’t poke around in other people’s belongings, and that no one should point a gun at someone unless they intend to shoot them.

But they also demonstrate just how fragile and fleeting life can be. This must not happen again – and it’s up to adults to see that it doesn’t.

For Kristen:

The feeling of loneliness,

As a spirit journeys through the unknown realms of life,

The feeling of sadness and despair,

When you realize that the spirit is the spirit of

someone you once knew and loved,

The feeling of fear

when you realize what happened to that person

could one day happen to you,

The feeling of loss

When you realize that the person will never come back,

And the feeling of respect

When you realize that the person you lost is in a

better place now, then they were before.

Rest in peace, Kristen. Just know that you have friends that will always love and care about you. Please know that I am sorry, sorry for the times we argued and said things we didn’t mean, I’m sorry I wasn’t there to help, and sorry that you had to go so soon.

Marcus Grannis

Grovetown Middle School

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Respect for human life and supervision

The experts now tell us that the adolescent brain is not developed until 25. That their frontal lube does not properly understand long term consequences. Tell this to Uncle Sam and the DMV. Adolescents cannot be held to the responsibility level of an adult. Sadly 25 does not insure adult behavior.

Respect for human life that comes for respect for the creator of life is sadly missing. The reprogramming of the minds of children by mass media to constant violence has a part. Then is just a matter of the instrument of death. Curiosity about death. What happens when a real person is shot or stabbed?

Do we care enough to "train our children up in the way they should go"? Or do concede their upbringing and moral training to the TV or the federal government. Allowing the adults to continue to be children.