Highland Park Shooting in Illinois

Highland Park Shooting in Illinois

 

Taking away guns is about as practical as locking up all the 18–22-year-old males with mental illness.  In Waukesha Wisconsin last Christmas the deadly weapon killing 5 and injuring 60 was an SUV that smashed thru barricades.  In Highland Park it was a semi-automatic rifle shot from a rooftop that killed 7, wounding dozens more.  Both crimes committed by men with a history of drug use, tendencies toward violence, addictions to social media, and obviously mentally unstable.  In fact, Darrell Brooks entered a plea of ‘not guilty due to insanity’ just recently in court.  After the news broke from Highland Park, a friend of mine said, “we have to do something!”  Yes, we do, and I think the quickest route to progress is the one that scores zero political points: increases to law enforcement, treatments for mental illness, and data mining social media accounts because strict focus on gun control doesn’t stop the tragedy that happened at the Christmas parade in Wisconsin, and it doesn’t address what’s happening in our culture with this type of violence.