Counseling for the bullies—keeping potential violent offenders safe

Once, there was a headline that suggested in cases of schoolyard bullying, that it was really important we get counseling for the kids who got bullied

A good idea—counsel the victims of violence—but what about (I suggested at the time) we get counseling for the bullies! Counseling for the victims is important. But who really needs help here? The bullies. If you solve the bullies' problems, you solve everybody's problem. If you solve the bullies' problems, there are no bullies and there are no victims and you no no longer need to counsel the bullied kids—they were doing fine before the bully came along!

We need the same protection in place for our national shooters. The people who find themselves taking an assault rifle to school or elsewhere. These shooters have been placed in a world (by us) where the worst possibilities surround them. They are in a world that is unsafe for them! If I am a person with lots of anger, and I exist in a world where I can easily get a gun—then I am in an unsafe place for me. No one wants to have shot up a synagogue and some of its worshippers—no one in their right mind. So why do we place people like this in a world like this where their anger is so easily fed with our weapons? We have to make things safe for our shooters

A kid growing up with access to a gun is not safe. If I had had access to a gun in high school, my thoughts (at least) would have run to what I could do with that gun. Assault rifles are good for one thing only—killing people. If you bought an assault rifle, you bought into the cycle of fear. If your kid has access to your gun, it's a disservice to the kid. By making the gun available (however you do it) you are putting the kid in a much more dangerous situation than if all he had access to was a knife or a hunting rifle. It's like leaving the car keys out for a drunk driver—what do you expect them to do with it?

The person who drives drunk, the mass shooter—they are enabled by the customs and the systems of our society. The work or school bully who never got counseling—that's our fault. If we want to make society safe for the bullied and the victims of mass murder, we need first to make society safe for the potential perpetrators (who are also victims) of these crimes