(CNN) -- What do you remember about April 20, 1999?
If you recall that two unpopular teenage boys from the Trench Coat Mafia sought revenge against the jocks by shooting up Columbine High School, you're wrong.
But you're not alone.
Wow. Simply wow. I would never have put money on seeing this in print.
The myth that the Columbine killers were these two poor, put-upon souls, driven to murder by the constant bullying they received at the hands of the beautiful people was a particularly infuriating one. It's made even worse when you think about how many loners, victims, or outcasts were viewed as potential mass killers because of this media-generated and perpetuated myth.
Facts are stubborn things.
I won't use their names, as many of these spree killers live (die, actually) for the attention they receive. They both had severe psychological issues, one on medication and the other in therapy - in fact, both would have been ineligible to own the firearms that were illegally purchased for them - and the one that was illegally sold to them.
That's another thing you don't hear in the media. Of the four weapons used in the Columbine shootings, there were three longarms and one pistol. The three longarms were purchased at a gun show, as the media is very quick to point out. However, they could just as easily have been purchased at any gun store in the nation - the woman who purchased the firearms had a clean criminal record. She could have purchased those longarms anywhere.
What she couldn't do is hand them to the Columbine killers. They were both underage, and one was on medication for depression. The handgun was purchased illegally from the son of a gun-control advocate. The woman who purchased the three longarms was not punished. Let that sink in for a moment - she committed multiple Federal felonies, yet was not punished.
And yet they stood over the bodies of the dead and screamed for more gun control.
Anyways, it's nice to see the myth get debunked, even at this late hour. It's long beyond time for the "poor picked-on child who snapped" meme to be put to rest. Perhaps we can look at some of the factors that might have made a difference - like parental involvement. Rather than just handing your kid anything they want - like a BMW for their first car - take an active role in their lives. You might notice something - like sawn-off shotgun barrels in their bedrooms or the bomb-making materials in the garage.
That is all.