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Off In The Yard

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School shootings are happening waaaaaay too frequently (one is too many). As these cowards continue to attack innocent people at soft targets, I am amazed at the lack of vision and depth of the public/media responses. It is so easy to demand action from our government. It is also easy to state the obvious - our schools (students/teachers) need to be protected. In other words, the solution always lies elsewhere on someone else’s shoulders. Accountability needs to go back to where it all starts; the home. It was understood for years the family is the foundation of society. As goes the family, so goes society. Our society long ago shifted away from these fundamentals. Parents need to get back to being parents again; not being friends or enablers. The shooter being “bullied” is usually offered up as a convenient excuse. Kids now are being raised since birth with inflated self-importance, entitlement, and the expectation that everyone will always be kind and the world will treat them well. When adversity hits these snowflakes are not equipped to deal with it. Also, the typical kid these days is so buried in virtual reality from video games that they cannot distinguish fantasy from reality. Parents - get involved in your child’s life. Ask them questions, hold them accountable, set curfews, sit down at the kitchen table and have a family meal - BE A PARENT!

One last rant - I am so sick of seeing people on the news disrespect, taunt, and antagonize police officers. Are the police perfect? Certainly not. What ever happened to respecting the law and respecting authority? We need to do away with this divisive mindset that everyone is a victim and get back to individual responsibility. 

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3 hours ago, 8mpg said:

It is so easy to demand action from our government.

And, as a result, our elected officials should be expected to act, should they wish to remain in office.

Why does the USA have such low expectations for officeholders? 

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On 5/30/2018 at 12:03 AM, Lysander said:

That said, the several 100,000 under 20 year old kids who fought and died for this Constitution and the Second Amendment over the last 200 years...greatly outweigh the tragic news of the day.

Did those soldiers get to pick and choose which parts of the Constitution they died for? They would have also fought and died for Section 4 of the 14th Amendment, but no one ever seems to get upset about the federal government's failure to enforce that provision. 

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On 5/31/2018 at 2:29 PM, 8mpg said:

School shootings are happening waaaaaay too frequently (one is too many). As these cowards continue to attack innocent people at soft targets, I am amazed at the lack of vision and depth of the public/media responses. It is so easy to demand action from our government. It is also easy to state the obvious - our schools (students/teachers) need to be protected. In other words, the solution always lies elsewhere on someone else’s shoulders. Accountability needs to go back to where it all starts; the home. It was understood for years the family is the foundation of society. As goes the family, so goes society. Our society long ago shifted away from these fundamentals. Parents need to get back to being parents again; not being friends or enablers. The shooter being “bullied” is usually offered up as a convenient excuse. Kids now are being raised since birth with inflated self-importance, entitlement, and the expectation that everyone will always be kind and the world will treat them well. When adversity hits these snowflakes are not equipped to deal with it. Also, the typical kid these days is so buried in virtual reality from video games that they cannot distinguish fantasy from reality. Parents - get involved in your child’s life. Ask them questions, hold them accountable, set curfews, sit down at the kitchen table and have a family meal - BE A PARENT!

One last rant - I am so sick of seeing people on the news disrespect, taunt, and antagonize police officers. Are the police perfect? Certainly not. What ever happened to respecting the law and respecting authority? We need to do away with this divisive mindset that everyone is a victim and get back to individual responsibility. 

Very few want to talk about the demographics of males, white and young.......

http://www.businessinsider.com/why-most-terrorists-and-mass-shooters-are-millennial-men-2017-11

Your comments are spot on. We think bullying just got invented.  Well, it was alive and well back in my day....a day at a large rural HS in which student had guns in their truck gun racks parked in the high school parking lot, and never dreamed of carrying that weapon into school and opening up on their classmates.  What we attempt to rationalize and explain today is beyond comprehension.

Its easier to put it on the government, and to blame a tool (guns) and an organization (NRA) than to look in the mirror and challenge ourselves as to why the culture has changed, and changed for the worse.  After all, we are the generation that is always smarter than the people that came before us.  Why can we ever learn from them?  (sarcasm)  And most of society certainly doesn't want to hold themselves accountable for this problem.

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