With the most recent senseless killings at a California university, gun control is once again front and center.
Although Joe the plumber didn’t word it correctly, we all know what he meant. A killing spree by an obvious whack job gives no one the right either TO confiscate our weapons or pass knee-jerk, feel-good laws that inhibit only the reasonable and law-abiding.
Interestingly, I don’t hear an outcry for knife control. After all, the lunatic in California didn’t just use a gun to kill.
With what seems to be a recent rash of unhinged young killers, the debate has progressed from not just gun control but America’s “gun culture,” and what can be done to limit our children’s “exposure” to guns and gun violence.
Guns have always been a part of American society, but some say our children are becoming saturated by it, thus desensitizing them. Many point to movies and video games as the main culprits.
To a point, I agree with them. The most popular action movies and video games are shoot-em up thrillers. I can see how some less than well-adjusted kids could easily be sucked into shoot-em up fantasies – where you get shot or killed in the game, then magically get to re-spawn or start over.
But that’s what parenting is all about. It is our job to teach them what the real world is like – where if you get shot, you don’t get up.
Yet in our society, as I stated in a recent article, the pendulum invariably swings wildly one extreme to the other – where simply drawing a gun on paper can get a child suspended or expelled from school.
And that got me thinking. Our schools and frankly some in our communities, have a zero-tolerance policy for guns or anything that looks like one. Yet these same schools have a 100% tolerance for sex, sex education, and the homosexual and LGBT agenda.
The same schools that would expel little Johnny elementary schooler for “brandishing” a pop tart gun or displaying a finger gun would encourage him and teach him how to properly fit a condom over a cucumber.
The same teacher that would be appalled over young Johnny highschooler drawing a scene from the video game Call of Duty, might very well be in the news the next week caught having sex with her 15-year-old student.
Don’t get me wrong. I think there is definitely something wrong when kids feel the need to kill a bunch of people, for whatever the reason. The survivors and witnesses to these acts can be scarred for life.
But so too can boys and girls be desensitized to and develop unhealthy cavalier attitudes toward sex, and that doesn’t even include the constant new drumbeat of the LGBT agenda beginning to permeate schools. Talk about screwing someone up. Look at the recent issue of TIME magazine and the push for “transgender rights.”
So why don’t schools put as much effort into “gun education” as they do “sex education”?
Why not have an NRA sanctioned “gun safety” course in schools. Children could put down their condoms and learn how to handle weapons safely. They can discuss the positives and negatives of guns – possibly gaining a healthy respect for the real thing – not just the cartoon version in a video game.
If it makes them feel safer, the kids can always put the condom over the gun.