There is no making sense of the school shooting in Sparks, Nevada this week. But Desert Beacon offers one place to start.
We still don’t know why a 12 year old boy shot a teacher and classmates at Sparks (NV) Middle School. [RGJ] It’s natural to look for a “motive,” some resolution, or explanation, for the inexplicable. Given what we do know about the brain, we might never know. We know, for example, that there is a second period of development in the pre-frontal cortex during pre-puberty, [PBS] but while we know volumes about the structure of the brain we’re not so informed about the operations of the mind. What was in the boy’s mind may be unknown; what was in his hand is obvious — a Ruger 9 mm semi-automatic.
Each time these tragedies hit the headlines there is the all too predictable response from gun enthusiasts — We can’t enhance regulations because… Freedom…Liberty…2nd Amendment …Patriotism. What of the “responsible gun owners?” Perhaps, we could consider…
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