America; we have a problem. There; I said it and now the questions are, what exactly is the problem and are we going to solve it?
Well, no solution can fully be proposed and expected to solve a problem, without first fully understanding what factors are contributing to this crisis. Make no mistake, this is a problem of crisis level. The very first of these, that I can recall was Columbine. I was in my senior year of High School, attending Journalism class, when the teacher wheeled in the TV cart and tuned to the news. She announced simply, everyone, please watch this. A mass murder and possible hostage situation was playing out, in the news broadcast. Two seniors: Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, on April 20, 1999, at Columbine High School in Jefferson County, Colorado, murdered 13 people in cold blood and injured an additional 21 people. The motives of these young adults was never made clear, other than to spill the blood of their peers. The latest such incident occurred on February 14, 2018 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, when Nikolas Jacob Cruz entered the school he previously attended and murdered 17 people in cold blood, wounding an additional 14. I wish these two incidents were isolated, however these are the first and last, in a string of incidents spanning all these years.
Mark Bignell is an alumni of Montcalm Community College and Grand Valley State University. He is a former Democratic Nominee for Michigan State Senate and current candidate.