Just moments after learning that a gunman killed 20 children at an elementary in Connecticut, gun advocates, teacher unions, media and politicians have exploited the unspeakable slaughter while the rest of us mourned.
Many of the children would still be alive, said proponents of permitting concealed weapons in schools, if a staffer was armed.
Teacher unions posted names of the dead children on flyers demanding better pay. Politicians squawked about gun control. And the media splashed heartbreaking images of the shooting to keep us watching.
Let’s not forget that schools remain one of the safest places for children. According to the U.S. Department of Education, the odds of dying in a school shooting is at least one in a million. By comparison, the chances of dying in a non-school-related shooting is one in 300.
Children are 241 times more likely to die in a bicycle accident than die in a school shooting.
No doubt, the shootings are heart-wrenching and terrifying. They remind us of the fragility of life and the unpredictability of disaster.
But let’s not exploit those fears. Let’s respect each and be thankful for what we have.
The next test comes with Gov. Snyder, who is considering a wildly controversial bill that would allow concealed guns to be carried into schools, day care centers, sports arenas, bars, places of worship, hospitals, dorms and casinos.
Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.