Wednesday March 21, 2018
Weapons of war won't bring us peace.
I am a Brandywine Heights High School student who participated in the recent school walkout. I, like many others, have had enough of the absurd amount of American school shootings.
Make no mistake, the atrociously high gun violence in schools is most definitely a symptom of the atrociously high gun violence that plagues the United States.
It isn't enough to consider solutions that would make only schools safer. Arming teachers, ramping up security personnel or installing metal detectors in schools do not address the real problem. Guns are unpredictable, versatile and lethal weapons that make it exponentially easier to kill people, regardless of what safety measures one takes.
Ironically enough, I was suspended after the walkout because I created a safety hazard, placing myself in danger to outside aggressors. While my peers were inside, discussing how best to protect students' safety in schools, there was little mention of protecting the safety of those outside, in the community and in the country that we all live in every day.
While I appreciate the efforts of those who came to speak and listen at that event, I see something profoundly wrong with this approach.
I don't wish to take everyone's guns, and I hope this argument is not reduced to that effect. I just want people to understand that weapons of war are not the best tools for lasting peace.
Michael T. Babb II
Students are fed up with school shootings