Does it matter where guns in school shootings come from?

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One significant issue we have right now is that kids are taking guns to schools and using them to settle disputes. It’s not just one city where this is happening, either, but all over.


To be fair, this is an extension of the problems we’re seeing with violent crime, only captured in the microcosm we call “school.”

But it seems some people are more worried about where the guns are coming from.

Since November, at least four school shootings had an alarming connection to law enforcement and activists alike; the suspected shooters used a “ghost gun.”

A “ghost gun” is a firearm that comes packaged in parts, can be bought online and assembled without much of a trace, which experts warn are becoming increasingly dangerous.

Except, that’s actually not what a “ghost gun” is.

The term “ghost gun” applies to any firearm that cannot be traced. That includes firearms with destroyed serial numbers, but it is generally thought to include any firearm someone made at home.

However, even those made have a certain diversity to their nature. Some can be 3D printed with parts assembled either via kits or purchased as individual components. Others can be incomplete receivers that can be finished, then assembled with the same option for parts.


But since we’ve already gotten this basic fact wrong, you know the rest is going to be off the hook.

“When we first heard about these weapons, we thought anyone can get them, even a kid. It’s not a hypothetical anymore,” Alex McCourt, an assistant professor with the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Violence Prevention and Policy, told ABC News.

McCourt, law enforcement offices and other experts who have been studying the proliferation of “ghost guns” told ABC News this trend is likely to continue beyond the school setting unless policymakers take action.

The problem, at least as I see it, is that the problem is that kids are coming to school armed, not where the guns originate.

Yes, there are no laws that prevent kids from building their own “ghost guns,” but I hate to be the one to break it to folks, if you try and restrict this, someone will find a way around it. The Second Amendment community doesn’t like having to create a paper trail every time we want to exercise part of our right to keep and bear arms.


So-called ghost guns aren’t going anywhere.

As a result, it’s more useful to focus instead on the students themselves. After all, most of these kids don’t have difficulty gaining access to firearms even without homemade firearms being in the mix. Focusing on these weapons, guns that won’t be going anywhere, won’t help in the least. But dealing with the kids and the situations that may make them want to bring a gun to school will do far, far more.

Then again, it’s not really about our schools, is it? There’s been a jihad against so-called ghost guns for years now and it’s not surprising that we’d get talk about the increased threat–again, with little or no context, as per usual.

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