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Societal change is to blame

Published 9:19am Wednesday, December 26, 2012

What have we become? We live in a very sick and dangerous society! The Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre is just one more tragic example. The senseless waste of so many innocent young lives is truly heartbreaking. The knee-jerk response is going to be “let’s ban the guns.”

In reality we know that’s not possible. When I was in high school over 50 years ago, you occasionally would see a student carrying a rifle or shotgun down the school hallways on his way to woodshop, where he planned to refinish the gunstock as a class project. No one felt threatened, and no threats were ever made. During this same era at least half of the boys who drove to school had a gun in their car trunk as they planned to hunt after school. This was an innocent and safer time. If you lived in the rural areas, you probably did not lock your doors. The attitude was if someone wanted in bad enough they would break the door down. If the door was left unlocked, whoever wanted in would hopefully close the door on the way out, keeping the cats, dogs and chickens out of the house.

What changed? What have we as a society done that has caused the current wave of mass shootings often focused on our schools where we have children shooting children? We had bullies 50 years ago; getting beat up is not a new occurrence. But our generation did not grab a gun and shoot our antagonists. The thought never even crossed our minds. Consider when mass shootings began. There is a correlation with the advent of violent video games and Hollywood’s violent and bloody movies. Our youth have become totally desensitized to violence. We their parents let it happen!

There is also an increase in mentally unstable individuals living among us, who often live in a fantasy world of video games. These unstable children and adults are not diagnosed as dangerous, until after the fact. Add drugs and alcohol to the mix and you have a recipe for disaster. Could it be that our teachers so fear repercussions from parents they just look the other way when they see a troubled youth? Could it be that the help for these disturbed youth is not readily available? How can we keep our children safe?

The school in Connecticut was locked down when school was in session. More precautions would have been difficult. Generations ago, if you acted up in class, you either got a rap across the knuckles with a ruler, stood in a corner in front of the class or sent to the principal’s office with the threat of an old-fashioned paddling. Justice was swift and firm. Currently if you misbehave in school, mom and dad will threaten the school with a lawsuit. It’s getting to the point where our teachers deserve combat pay. We as a society are at fault!


Don Sorensen

Albert Lea

  • pkpeapod1

    Your comments are so naive. We cannot go back but we can go forward. The first step we need to make is to get the semi-automatic guns and large capacity magazines out of the hands of the public. The NRA has to go along with this and to mandate that all guns have the technology that only the registered owner can use the gun–Nancy Lanza and all those innocent victims in Newtowne would probably be alive today, because Lanza would not be able to activate the guns because he wasn’t the registered owner. Life is changing and people will change with it.

  • Angry1

    The naivety patti is solely yours and the sheeple who believe that the problem is the object not the human, you cannot legislate man’s humanity or inhumanity to man, no law has prevented a crime, laws deal with the aftermath of the crime that has been committed.

    Man and woman have been killing each other since the beginning of time with various objects feet, hands, rocks sticks, cars, car and booze, ect, ect the elimination of one object will not stop the violence. A motivated person can cause more damage with common everyday items than a rifle or a pistol this happens every day patti EVERY DAY!

    Once again the facts are simple and undeniable in any critical event it takes time for police to respond if somebody could stop the event in the first minute imagine the lives saved. But this does not fit the communist agenda does it patti, it’s more politically correct to draw chalk outlines and blame something instead of fixing a problem maybe it’s all about disarming the public and consolidation of power, after all if the only people who have the guns make the rules who will oppose them.

    Oh yes!! Patti strict gun laws work lets go to chicago and walk down some streets you should feel safe guns effectively banned there, it should be a virtual utopia of progressive bliss after all it’s the presidents home town. I forgot the exact body count was this weekend it was less than 10 I think.

    It’s ludicrous to believe this event hinges on a object when it takes a person to commit a crime this person had a PRIOR RUN IN WITH THE SCHOOL PERSONNEL prior to the shooting that was an opportunity missed to detain this person.

    It does not take a genius to figure this out gun free zones equal a victim rich environment, have them if you want that is your right but don’t trample upon the rights of others. Security is a serious issue and needs to have an adult discussion patti offers no solutions…..none.

    I went out today and came back no objects that required human interaction to do something did anything without my input………

    Finally let’s look at bans and effectiveness prohibition, illicit drugs, the 1994 AWB were all failures, if and the is a big “IF” people want a solution then it time to look at human behavior and society with a focus on the mentally ill maybe it’s time to review current protocols.

  • Gus

    The presidents kids have armed guards,why cant we have them to???……NRA STRONG….I will give up my guns when they pry my cold dead fingers from them……