Editorial: The Crumbleys’ cavalier attitude is not unique | Editorial


The school shooting last week in Oxford, Michigan, which left four students dead, was unfortunately not very surprising. There have been six shootings in American schools in the month of November alone. Some school shootings, like the horrific shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. In February 2018, which killed 17 people, are gaining attention. While others, like the one at Marshall County High School near Benton, Ky., Where 16 people were shot three weeks earlier (only two of whom have died), are just footnotes in our sad history. of mass shootings.

But what may have already set Oxford apart from past attacks is how much public attention is not just on the 15-year-old assailant, but also on his parents, who have been accused of manslaughter. Given that James and Jennifer Crumbley not only supplied the gun and failed to properly supervise their son Ethan – even though the school has expressed concerns about his antisocial behavior – this is a welcome turn of events. , although late.

But, as long as we take stock of irresponsible behavior involving firearms, it must also be recognized that the Crumbley’s cavalier attitude towards lethal weapons is not unique in our society. American gun culture for the 21st century has not just been about defending gun ownership and the 2nd Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, it has also become – in too many cases – an endorsement of lax behavior. around guns. Politicians who once supported gun rights by pointing fingers at responsible hunters who kept shotguns locked up, now prefer to wield military-style assault rifles or other high-powered weapons unsuitable for hunting or even self-defense (and often the preferred choice of mass shooters) in inappropriate locations as a sort of demonstration of their opposition to gun control measures.


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