About 450 years ago, the onset of the scientific revolution brought with it one of the most consequential tools that would cement the primacy of human beings among all species: the scientific method. 

The big idea is quite simple: in order to progress, state an assumption, measure through experiment and then revise the assumption based on the findings. What matters most is to suspend judgment until the results are in, and regardless of outcome, to commit to continuously starting the cycle again. The essence of trial and error is to change some things along the way.

As of this writing, 29 people lost their lives over the weekend in two mass shootings just a few hours apart.

The common denominator in practically all mass shootings is that no corrective action is taken. It’s no trial, all error. Why do we teach one thing in schools and dismiss our own advice in our common affairs?

Regardless of where we stand on the interpretation of the 2nd Amendment, we should be able to agree that if we don’t try anything, we can’t expect different outcomes.

My hope is that students across America are paying attention to how we adults are dealing with this epidemic. Like in a science experiment, I hope they observe who talks about common values and potential solutions and who talks about partisanship. I hope they form their own opinions and see the urgent need for them to participate in the design of the system they are inheriting.

And I hope they are starting to ask us questions.

My main question is this: What do we value more, people or guns?

Tom Jacobs