We have been watching many students walking out of classrooms and demonstrating. State Legislatures and Congress should do something to improve school safety and end gun violence. We recognize the pain and anguish caused by violence. Unfortunately, the underlying problem is not weapons, but our human nature.
We cannot look to laws to protect us. The first laws, “Thou shalt do no murder” and “Thou shalt not steal” were carved in stone long before guns were invented. Laws only guide people who obey them. Our legal system has become so weak that it turns criminals loose. Some of our country’s highest officials make a mockery of law and justice.
The most important training of our human nature starts perhaps even before birth. Babies in the womb hear the world. Parents create the foundation of our human nature. We learn to love, the concepts of family, property, right versus wrong, and much more. Children from dysfunctional families face major problems in life. In previous generations, families were large. Children were born to young parents. Grandparents and relatives formed protective family groups within tight knit small communities. There were no radios, TVs, computers, or internet. Children learned reading, and families played games that taught social skills, math, sportsmanship, and more. Children learned respect and responsibility as physical, vocational and social skills developed.
Discipline in schools has become a joke. Students at young ages are taught by their peers how to blackmail teachers. Teaching anything that even resembles most religions is forbidden. However, exceptions are made for cultural diversity. Actual documented historical information has been carefully removed from textbooks and curriculum. References not acceptable under carefully crafted indoctrination into our brave new world are gone. Morality has been pushed under the bus. Students who learn moral virtuous behavior could question that of teachers, administrators and, worse yet, the morality of elected officials.
Insanity is doing the same thing, the same way, and expecting different results. Insanity is passing laws which limit only law abiding people, and expecting criminals to obey those laws. Insanity is expecting people to live in harmony, either in schools or as adults, when expert propaganda is used to divide people by culture and language to facilitate political manipulation.
Let’s see the students campaign for real public safety. If people are really concerned, consider criminal acts using guns or knives kill or injure far fewer people than impaired drivers in vehicles. We have laws against impaired driving. The Founding Fathers put explicit wording in the Constitution regarding the right to drive motor vehicles.
Students should understand the effectiveness of car and driver licensing. Perhaps we need enhanced background checks and waiting periods before people can purchase automobiles? And definitely let’s compare a bullet’s size, mass, and kinetic energy to that of vehicles.
Actually, let’s see students campaign for morality, and educations equivalent to those who wrote the US Constitution based on the laws of nature and nature’s God. That is, based on human psychology, history, and not technology.
Thomas Fancher is a Moses Lake resident and avid letter writer to the Columbia Basin Herald. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.