At times I reminisce of my boyhood years in school. Besides my friends, at times I think of those kids that were different for my taste. I am sure everyone knew at least one of these types. The student that was always getting in trouble for one reason or another such as not getting along, or maybe was always wound up, or the student who just couldn’t communicate. I sometimes think what are these people doing today. Did they get in trouble with the law, are they successful, are they good citizens, or did they just grow out of whatever they were going through. I went to grammar school in the 1950’s, so there have been a lot of changes in our society since then. The main thing that held most kids in line in those day’s was not to get in trouble so as not to embarrass our parents. We did not want to see the hurt in our parents eyes, plus the punishment that came after. Is that the same today?
Let’s fast forward to a different era, which decade this all started I am not sure. Lets take the same type of kids that I talked about in the 50’s. Everyone’s personality that I talked about, now has a label and the pills to go with it.
Asperger’s Syndrome(significant trouble with social situations)
ADHD-(attention deficit hyperactivity disorder)
Autism Spectrum Disorders- (are neurological conditions that affect the abilities of a person to communicate with others)
So all ready these kids are labeled and its in their files. Now you have a lot of these kids on pills, or school administrators are suggesting to parents to have them and the child visit the psychologists to possibly put them on some kind of pills, and or treatment. One of the arguments that have been used as to not legalize marijuana whereas it has been found out that alcohol use kills brain cells, science still does not know 100% what affects marijuana has on the brain. The brain is a very complex organ that science is still learning about. So now some of these children that have become young adults have now possibly been on these pills for most of their lives. Through all these years does science know what these pills have done or haven’t done to their brain? It’s really to new to know.
What has happened to our God fearing society? The first thing you must instill in a child is a conscious. That child is to be taught the love of God as he or she is growing up. It starts at the dinner table with a prayer, then what will God think of you for not finishing your food while there are people growing hungry around the world, then a prayer at bedtime, and teach the child he can pray at any time, God is always listening. If you do not instill conscious in the child it’s like the brain floating like a butterfly. It will do whatever it wants when it wants to.
I am not going to call this killer in Connecticut by his name so as not to glorify him. Who knows how long this person was labeled with his illness, and how much medications he was on, and how long he was taking them. That poor mother of his just didn’t know what to do. She waits till he is twenty years to attempt to have him committed and the story that is rumored now until we find out more is that she was keeping him away from society, by keeping him in the basement. We can talk about pills, video games, guns all day, only each parent knows across our country if they have one of these kids in their household ready to explode, and it is up to them to turn them in long before the explosion point of having small children, parents and teachers killed in some school, and the mother herself. This is so devastating for me to hear of such tragedies and most of this I feel could have been prevented.
I believe, naturally, in the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution. I am I must say confused as to why people must have these semi-automatics, or even why do guns have to be sold on the internet. Lets see what George Washington, and Thomas Jefferson had to say about the 2nd Amendment.
George Washington- “Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself. They are the people’s liberty teeth keystone. The very atmosphere of firearms everywhere restrains evil interference”.
Thomas Jefferson- “The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in governments”.
Someone can say that weapons were different in those days, but that person misses what they are saying I believe. When Jefferson said, “to protect themselves against tyranny”, I’m sure he didn’t mean not to advance with the advancement of technology, and just continue to use the weapons from 1776.
I believe the interpretation of the 2nd amendment by George Washington and Thomas Jefferson speaks for itself. I also have realized guns can have an effect that many people are not aware of. Since guns are in our society why not use them as a deterrent. John R. Lott is a leading gun expert, author and college professor, and here is what he says: “Mass shootings repeatedly have occurred in designated gun-free zones, which attract lunatics. Lets take the Aurora, Colorado movie theaters . There you have seven movie theaters, only one movie theater was posted as banning permit-concealed handguns. The killer didn’t go to the movie theaters that was closest to his home. He picked the only one of those movie theaters that banned people taking permit-concealed handguns into the theater. This also happened in Portland, Connecticut, and the Sikh temple attack in Wisconsin.”
So as you can see from the article of John Lott, a gun can also save lives, and be used as a deterrent.
As I wrote earlier, we do not live with these troubled people, it is their parents, roommates, relatives, whoever have you. I feel it is their responsibility to society to warn society of this troubled person, if this person has gotten beyond reach.
This is definitely a topic of opinion, and it should be a national discussion.