Monday, March 21, 2005

Another High School Shooting

This time in Minnesota. I wonder if the debate over video games will surface again. Have you ever noticed the discussions of these matters never seem to address personal responsibility? Is that because this generation never had to assume any? Parents don't spank kids. Schools can't discipline children. If they try they are likely to get sued by the parents. This is the result. Six killed at the school. Two, most likely the grandparents of the shooter shot earlier and later died. Fifteen wounded at the school. Of course this was in northern Minnesota on an Indian reservation, so it will be interesting to see how the MSM covers it.

Just an observation.


At 8:49 AM, Blogger Sir Loin of Beef said...

I hardly think that getting spanked as children would have prevented this. You are a little obsessed with spanking! I must have gotten spanked a thousand times as a kid, but it never deterred me from getting into trouble.

We are talking about severely disturbed kids, here, not some juvenile in need of a whipping. There are many other much deeper questions we should be asking ourselves when these things happen. Like--- How do kids become so violent, alienated, and hateful? Not enough beatings? Not enough discipline? I don't think so. How about, not enough love?

I know this seems hippy-ish and cheesy, but the fact of the matter is that if these kids had love in their lives, things they cared about and things they cared for, they would very likely never be driven to lash out in this way.

It is a great tragedy. A sign of our times. A sign that our culture is a breeding ground for hate, greed, separation and violence.

At 12:02 PM, Blogger Ol' BC said...

Ahh, Sir Loin, the key is in the balance. Love is indeed necessary but it alone will not suffice. But your spankings may have prevented you from having to read this from a prison computer. There is a difference between getting into trouble and randomly killing people. Again, it's all about the balance.(and discipline doesn't have to be spankings)

At 12:25 PM, Blogger Sir Loin of Beef said...

Yes, there is a difference between killing and getting into trouble. And if spankings don't curb the milder of the two, why would they curb the stronger of the two?

I have known many kids that grew up in very liberal households where there was absolutely no spanking. These people grew up very nicely to become loving, caring people.

Kids learn far more by example than by corporal punishment. All spanking ever did for me was hurt. That, and it made me lie more to avoid it. Success? Hardly.

The balance I would like to see in this society is more love, less violence. But as long as the prudes okay bloodshed and violence across the board in entertainment and have heart-attacks when love is openly displayed in sexual ways, well, things will just keep on the way they are going, I guess.

I am not saying that entertainment is responsible. I am saying that it is symptomatic of an underlying theme in our culture: Love should be hidden, violence should be glorified.

At 9:38 PM, Blogger RightWingRocker said...

Of course, providing discipline, through spanking and/or other punishment, is one of the most important ways you can show love for your child.



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