Violence should not be a norm

It seems as if there are no places left that are free from violence. Churches, places of employment and elementary schools have all been the scenes of violent crimes, and most recently, a day care in Germantown, Md.

Although the details of the shooting are still unclear, AP reported that the shooting happened 7 a.m., Tuesday morning in the For Kids We Care center. The boy eight, who was carrying the gun in his backpack, was playing with it when it accidentally went off, wounding a 7-year-old girl in the arm.

One of the parents interviewed about the shooting said, “I’m a little concerned, of course, I’m just a little flustered right now, and nervous… but things like this happen.”

Things like this happen?

Since when did 8-year-old boys bringing guns to day care and accidentally shooting people, just happen? As a society, we have become too accepting of the violence that takes place within our communities on a daily basis, and this quote proves it.

A change in actions starts first, with a change in attitude. If the violence within our communities is to stop, we must not accept acts of violence as the “norm.” Responsibility for our children, must be taken to ensure that no child will have access to a gun or know where to find one.

Amber Vaughan for the editorial board.