Once again the angry and violent nature of our society bubbled over and resulted in gunfire. This time it took place with shoppers at Madison’s East Towne Mall–six days before Christmas.
Well Ho Ho Ho!! What says Merry Christmas more than carrying a loaded gun into a mall? And what about those who allow for kids to have guns?
Today the shots fired resulted in one person being injured. But for the vast majority the injury was the panic that must have sent shivers up and down the spine. Too many headlines of mass shootings that result from lax gun laws in this nation make people jittery on a good day. One can imagine what people thought when the shots were heard today and then spotted people running and screaming in panic.
The gunfire seemingly erupted after some teenage males got into a fight that turned violent. It might be a good time to again ask how the hell do parents allow these punks to get their hands on guns? It might also be a good time to ask if parents are not able to control their offspring then perhaps they should forfeit their children tax credits. The rest of society should not have to continually pay the price for bad parenting.
The NRA has plenty of responsibility for the number of guns in our society and the ease with which anyone can get a deadly weapon. But when it comes to teenagers with guns there also has to be a question asked–where the hell is the parent?
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Gregory — you almost answered your own question. As a former youth counselor and onetime science tutor at East High, I saw far too many “feral kids” who for all intents and purposes had no parents at all. And as you might have suspected, for these kids to get their hands on a handgun is laughably easy, even in liberal Madison. Lots of kids were packing heat at school, just waiting for someone to “disrespect” them.