Why does it seem these incidents are starting to increase? I believe, we, as parents, have slowly allowed our children to get away from us. Over the past decade, the level of respect for authority (parents, teachers, law enforcement etc.) has diminished to a very dangerous level. The combination of violent movies/TV shows, internet access (violent viral videos), liberal school officials, and passive parents with a refusal to implement any form of physical discipline has made the children of today more out of control than any generation before them. I truly am concerned that our lack of attention has made them less empathetic and desensitized to what our parents once protected us from; death and violence. Do you think, we too, are less empathetic and desensitized as well? I say yes… We are all becoming conditioned.
Our societal push towards political correctness has forced our children to further isolate those that are obvious threats to themselves and others. We have pushed the “Pendulum of Acceptance” so far that the young people of today have moved away from informing (reporting) on each other; which does not allow for early intervention for those in crisis. We are then forced to deal with children with antisocial personality disorders after they have reached their boiling point instead of stopping it before their true planning stages of attack. The child with psychopathic traits can be identified and schools should have a standard operating procedure in place to be able to do just that, because it is never a surprise that a certain kid went on a KILLING SPREE.” Everyone is dropping the ball and we are all accountable for allowing our institutions of learning to morph into an incubator for young killers. Stop just blaming the THE GUN and look hard at those in your house. It is time to stop merely attaching your opinion to the narrative presented by media outlets and politicians who have their own agenda for scaring Americans (selling ad spots and pushing for re-election). It is time to take a good long look in the mirror. Yes, I said it… and I’m calling out those who are leading the charge and jumping on the band wagon of the gun control push. They are the main ones allowing their kids to curse at them and only threaten them by taking away their cell phones, video games and internet (but don’t). They continue to allow them to rack up points on violent games like “Grand Theft Auto” which rewards them for violence and killing (to include doing drive-by shootings and killing police officers). And trust me these kids are getting more trigger time and building better skills in tactics than real police officers in “First-person” shooter games like “Call of Duty.” We (parents) then allow unrestricted television as the children take in any TV series or movie associated with violence they choose (viewing rape scenes, fighting and murder). Then to add insult to injury you drop the funds for Pay-per-view events like MMA fights, to feed their thirst for blood. Now, I too like the fights, but I’m a responsible adult!
- Limit their hours watching TV
- Encourage an hour of reading a few times per week
- Sit down with them and talk without mobile devices
- Teach them to call 911/for help instead of videoing bullying or other crimes against others
- Do random checks of your child’s computer search history, text messages – there’s a line between privacy and neglect
- Spank/discipline your children so the police don’t have to later
- Contact your school administrators and Congressman to add metal detectors, armed guards (or police) and real active shooter plans to be practiced. At minimum you should know that your child’s school has a plan in case of an incident and what that plan is.
Thank you for reading this blog post, comment below, I’d love to have a healthy dialogue about this with people I consider supporters and friends.