In the wake of tragedies involving gun violence, it has left many people wondering what influences these attackers. After Columbine, one of the major arguments was in regards to video games and the violence associated with fantasy (and highly realistic) worlds. Recently, this has caused an increased paranoia and hyper awareness of outside influences on children. If twenty-somethings and teenagers are attacking in these manners, perhaps it stems back to childhood influences. This idea has lead to rash policies in an attempt to prevent future tragedies.
Several school institutions have introduced a zero tolerance policy to children and imaginary weapons. From play guns cut out of cardboard to making a gun with their hand, schools have cracked down on this behavior, punishing children with detention, suspension, and even expulsion.
This week, Rep. Steve Stockman of Texas introduced the Student Protection Act (H.R. 2625) that removes federal funding for school that enforce the zero tolerance policy with imaginary weapons.
The bill finds that these school policies are being used to outlaw ‘harmless expressions of childhood play,’ and are only teaching students to ‘be afraid of inanimate objects that are shaped like guns.’”
The goal of this bill is to produce education and appreciation for firearms, not cause fear and ignorance regarding them.
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