How teens whose “prefrontal cortex are not fully developed” will solve America’s school shooting problem

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Hint: Don’t expect them to provide any clear answers about gun violence other than getting rid of guns. They “want to make a difference” and “beg for change.”

Nor should you expect any definitive and clear solutions to why criminals don’t follow our gun control laws.

One teen, whose prefrontal cortex is not yet fully developed, claims that “something needs to be done to get semi-automatic guns out of the hands of civilians.”

Yet not one of these teens offered any counterpoint as to why in STRICT gun-controlled London and Australia gun crime is on the rise. Their ideal model of gun confiscation is not mentioned, NOT ONCE. Gee, I wonder why?

And of course, the terrorist organization known as the NRA which is silencing our government is to blame.

From NPR: “How teens want to solve America’s school shooting problem”

From a March 5 article: “Middle and high school students have been sharing their thoughts on gun violence with the NewsHour since the school shooting in Parkland, Florida. One thing all students agree on: Change is possible and action must be taken.

Here’s a selection of students’ solutions:

From a 12th grader at Marjory Douglas Stoneman High School: Something needs to be done to get semi-automatic guns out of the hands of civilians. Something needs to be done to get firearms out of the hands of the mentally ill. It should not be so easy to obtain a gun. We should not have to beg the U.S. to stop letting our friends die. The NRA has silenced our government for too long. We will not be silenced by the media, by the government, by the president, by the NRA or by anyone for that matter.”

Something could have been done to keep the gun out of the hands of your school shooter (and it had nothing to do with the NRA). From Miami Herald:

“Nikolas Cruz threatened classmates, posted photos of himself holding guns, made violent statements online and was repeatedly described to authorities as a potential “school shooter.”

His troubling behavior gave law enforcement plenty of opportunities to investigate and arrest him — and even take away his guns — long before he shot up Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, according to interviews with former South Florida prosecutors and legal experts (read the whole Miami Herald article here).”

Maybe this student should be begging government agencies to do their jobs so your friends won’t die.

From an 11th grader in Louisiana: “After listening to a story on NPR, I encountered a fact by a neuroscientist about brain development for the average 18-year-old. The prefrontal cortex of teenagers is not yet fully developed. This is the part of the brain that helps you to control impulses and make smart decisions in times of stress.

If 18 is the legal age to buy a gun, then I see a huge problem with this. I believe we should adjust the legal age requirement for someone to own a gun. These are steps Congress needs to take so that other high school students like me don’t have to worry about experiencing another terrifying and tragic attack.”

If brain development of an 18-year-old is not yet fully developed, then how do you justify that the minimum age for US military enlistment is 18? Do you have a huge problem with 18-year-olds fighting wars and using guns to do so?

And if a teenager’s prefrontal cortex is not yet fully developed at 18, then how are they deemed to be competent to vote?

From a 12th grader in Indiana: Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against people having guns. I have grown up in a house full of firearms and hunting bows. I have had my hunting license since I was in fifth grade. However, many people my age struggle with mental health. Some take it to extreme levels, like taking guns from their home to school and shooting innocent people.

As a country, we need to make it harder to buy firearms. Only certain guns should allowed to be sold to the average joe. Not only should we add more regulations, but we should add a tax when buying a firearm, like we do for cigarettes and alcohol — items that may bring harm to ourselves or others.”

What “certain guns” would you allow to be sold to the “average joe?” Please list those certain guns with as much detail and justification as you can (including caliber, lever-action, modifications, gun barrel specification, etc.)

I’m assuming this young “prefrontal cortex are not yet fully developed” 12th grader has not purchased a firearm in Indiana. Because if they had, they would certainly be aware that EVERY PUBLIC FIREARM PURCHASE in the state has a tax attached to it.

According to the Indiana Department of Revenue web site: “If your business sells goods or tangible personal property, you’ll need to register to collect a seven percent sales tax. This registration allows you to legally conduct retail sales in the state of Indiana.”

I searched the Indiana Dept. of Revenue web site for “firearm exemption,” “FFL” and “gun exemption” and found no results that would indicate that FFL dealers are exempt from collecting taxes for sales of guns.

From a 12th grader in Chiraq: “Some individuals favor solutions that place armed guards in a defense perimeter around schools. Others want to arm teachers. And yet the idea of a “good guy with a gun” makes me more fearful of school shootings in our future.

Teachers aren’t always 100 percent the good guys. There are many accounts of teachers who aren’t trustworthy enough to be around kids. Arming them all would endanger more kids than “protecting.” These solutions seem to want to turn schools from safe environments into prisons.”

If there are teachers in your school “who aren’t trustworthy enough to be around kids,” then why aren’t you and your parents screaming at your school unions and officials to remove them?

From another 12th grader in Indiana: “Just because you make it harder to get guns doesn’t mean your Second Amendment is being taken away. The person buying the gun should have to go through mental health screenings to see if they’re stable enough to handle guns. He/she should then be required to go every six months to retake mental health exams. It should be harder to get guns or certain attachments. They should be required to take a class to make sure they know how to handle guns.

People complain that the government is trying to mess with the Second Amendment, which it really isn’t. People just need to grow up and deal with the fact that some folks may not be stable or knowledgeable enough to own a gun. The world is safer that way.”

Do tell “prefrontal cortex not yet fully developed” 12th grader, which government agency will determine the mental health of one “stable enough to handle guns?”

The FBI which admitted to failing to follow up on the Parkland shooter’s YouTube comments? Or maybe you would prefer the Broward County Sheriff’s Office determine who is “stable enough to handle a gun?” (Think REAL HARD about that choice, young one.)

From an 11th grader in Michigan: “After the Florida school shooting my friends and I were having a conversation at our lunch table. Yes, we have the Second Amendment, the “right to bear arms.” This was passed in 1789, when loading a gun took a lot longer between rounds than it does now. An AR-15 can fire dozens of rounds a minute. A legally converted AR-15 can fire 700 a minute. Guns have changed, shouldn’t our laws change with them?

The link provided to the “converted AR-15” text above is a link is to an NPR article entitled, “The Las Vegas shooter had a cheap modification that made his rifles more deadly.”

I applaud the students for coming up with some solutions yet they should probably take a civics course to obtain a better understanding of the Constitution.

And while I understand they are fearful, perhaps we should wait until the prefrontal cortex of these children are fully developed which will then allow them to make smart decisions in a time of stress.


32 responses to “How teens whose “prefrontal cortex are not fully developed” will solve America’s school shooting problem

  1. And these are the leaders and politicians of tomorrow. God protect us! The USA is falling apart. The brainwashing liberals have succeeded in radically transforming America. One consolation stands above the dark clouds: natural selection will get rid of these idiots, and sanity will, in the end, prevail. May well be, however, that the streets will turn into rivers of blood before America is reborn.

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    • If she ever IS reborn, that is.

      I have a 20-year old son who is as different from these young loudmouths as can be. There are others like him, so there is hope. Ultimately, we know how this will all end: the good guys win. 👍

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  2. Stories like this one prompted me to renew our NRA membership. My sweet husband has always been an ardent supporter of the NRA; I’m the one who let our membership lapse. I am a pessimistic cynic by nature (though I am not a hopeless one, as you’ll see); after watching one well-intentioned group after another fall apart (the Tea Party, 9/12 groups, the Oathkeepers, etc.), I can’t help but suspect that the NRA is part of the good old Hegelian dialectic, providing controlled opposition to the anti-gun folks. Every group–particularly powerful ones–is eventually infiltrated and corrupted, often under watchful eyes, even. How can the NRA be any different?

    Just as I held my nose and cast my vote for Trump (pointless, since I live in CA, but I did it nonetheless), I opened my (digital) checkbook and signed us up for another three years with the NRA. I just pray it IS the “Big Bad Wolf” the Left claims it is and not just a paper tiger (or worse).

    Good article, as always. Thank you, FOTM!

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  3. Maybe a deeper question is “why would everyone look to government for a solution?”. The only role government should have is in ensuring that our 2nd Amendment rights are not infringed.

    We have bred and are further breeding generations who automatically turn to government with every issue. In so doing they give away their protected liberties as well as any natural freedoms they possess.

    My belief is that without any of these “innovations” we would be at least as safe as we are now. I’m quite comfortable with our safety level. If I’m not, I will take measures to improve my odds. I WON’T be asking for another law.

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  4. Ah, today’s teenagers arguing a point, for example…

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  5. One fine day a little Talmudic scholar approached Our Lord and asked Him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to get to Heaven?” Our Lord replied, “Good?!?! Whom are you calling “good?” Don’t you realize that God Alone is good?”

    In other words, DON’T PULL RANK with either The Man, or with God, or with We the People, or with Reality itself! Our rights come to us from God, and NO MAN has the right to take those rights away without Just Cause, after due process has been followed.
    That’s correct: No right may be seen as absolute, if one follows this Rule, For life itself is a good that NO ONE may take away without Just Cause after due process (or deliberation) if we concede that, as Author of Life, only God has the Right to take it away.

    These things being said, I can understand that teenagers live in their own world, and they believe that life in their cocoon is right and everyone else is wrong! Yes, I was a teenager once, too! I remember when I had my first beer, too!
    As a teenager, I hated being picked on, and I hated having things stolen from me. I also hated being nagged to get my hair cut! But this is what is being allowed on the Public Stage: The teenager is getting his chance to tell the adults what to do.
    And in the words of Maxwell Smart, “AND LOVING IT.”

    Yeah, well, GO STRAIGHT TO HELL!!! If America allows little smart alecks like these wannabes to dictate public policy and deprive We the People of our Natural Rights, then America is allowing SENTIMENT to drive and dictate public policy. This is, of course, a recipe for driving the Titanic straight into the Iceberg. And as a former teacher, I am not going to permit ANY phony-baloney intellectual to tell me how to think or how to live.
    But this was a real shooting, with real victims, and it was not a false flag, no police were ever seen entering the building with bags of gear, there were no crisis actors, and all the rest.
    And CNN was right, Of Course, to petition You Tube, Facebook and Google to get Alex Jones and a host of other alt-right sites off the internet for “bullying,” and all the rest: “Hitler took the guns! Stalin took the guns!” said Alex Jones. Yes, and Michael R. Bloomberg took the guns! Hell, these kids would have HUMPTY DUMPTY take the guns!!!

    And when the genocide happens—as it most certainly shall—these little commie worms will lecture US on why WE allowed it to happen.
    Nope, not buying it. Go beg George W. Bush or Barack Obama: Maybe they can help you!!!

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  6. The youth of today have been taught a whole different set of values as opposed to ours. They have been indoctrinated to believing the government is everything and we should let them take the helm and run the ship no wonder they poll this way they know nothing else except for the home schooled students are more than likely to be like the parents or conservative.
    Just a thought to why they poll this way.

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  7. There is no “legal conversion” for a 700rpm AR-15.

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  8. Brian . . . . You have stated the unfortunate fact regarding all too many of today’s young people. Indeed, they have been brainwashed by today’s schools. I wish more parent’s would make the sacrifice needed to home school their own children. I guess under the circumstances, I will just continue to sit back, watch, and hope for a miracle that today’s young may actually have a legitimate thought that doesn’t include the government doing everything for everyone of us.

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    • DCG . . . . What an excellent article! Good Job. This article actually brings up the brilliant point of young people not having a fully matured brain. Yet, when we see these young people, you would think that they had 50 or 60 years of experience behind their opinion on things!!!!

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  9. Reblogged this on On the Patio and commented:

    I find it a bit perplexing that the same adolescent goombahs that get all incensesed over being defriended on Facebook are giving advice and telling the rest of us what we should do to prevent this. How about they get a life outside of the “machines” and pay attention to each other and maybe, just maybe, they would see what is going on around them in the REAL world.

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  10. Today at our staff meeting at school, we spent the whole time discussing this no gun/gun vs run, fight, hide business. At my table, we were given a scenario that said that gunshots were heard in the admin building (I am at the back of the school, fartherest away from the admin building…..other than a “lower campus.”) My response was, “I AM OUT OF THERE…with my kids…over the fences/walls…into the surrounding community (a block wall—I have a lightweight aluminum folding ladder in my room to help b/c I’m constantly climbing walls to hang art…..I’d take it with). I was criticized by my colleagues who said they would “shelter in place.” WTF…THERE IS NO SHELTER against a killer with a gun..other than to either escape or FIGHT BACK. I’ve taught my KIDS for years contrary to the district instruction to RUN RUN RUN…SCATTER…b/c no one can “get” us all…….but if we “shelter in place” a killer will certainly “get us all.” I ALSO told my table when they “whined” against the teachers carrying guns suggestion…b/c, according to one, “we are just regular people, too,” THAT I AM A REGULAR PERSON WHO WANTS TO LIVE….& I WOULD CARRY…..but to NOT depend upon me then subsesquently if they do not support me carrying… first obligation would be to me and my kids. Not them.

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  11. “… they “whined” against the teachers carrying guns suggestion…b/c, according to one, “we are just regular people, too,”

    What the heck does that even mean? Only “irregular” people carry guns? Only “special” people carry guns? Only those with super powers?

    I can only imagine how frustrated you must have been with the conversation at this table!

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    • DCG: “Snowflakes” did not arise out of a desert of “nothingness.” Someone/families/social standards of the day PUT THEM THERE. I am on the “end”of my teaching career. The majority of colleagues with whom I teach today are in their late 20’s to mid-30’s. They will “shelter in place” and take a bullet…(code: die) but, if happanstance prevails……I will “go over the wall with my kids” and/or pack. WE are WORLDS apart on this.,,,& I’d LOVE to NOT have to encounter a situation that tests our opposite strategies for surviving a school shooter.

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  12. This begs the ultimate question :
    Who would be considered the dumber of the two ? The ” snowflakes ” who ingest Tide pods offering up stupid solutions , or , the idiot politicians who would even consider the solutions valid ……..Hmmmmmmm!!!!!!!!!!

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  13. Bottom line….They’re trying to disarm us by any means necessary.

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  14. Tide Pod ingestion: natural selection at work.

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