When will adults start teaching children the difference between right and wrong? I see stories from major cities and some minor ones about flash mobs and gangbanging. Just today I sat and read th stories.
There are common threads in these stories. One is guns the other is youth. Let’s talk about them.
Much hay will be made about the use of guns in any of these incidents. But what is never talked about is why and where? Why does a 16-year-old kid or 15-year=old kid have a handgun in his possession. We talk about banning guns based on this scenario often. But here is the reality. Somebody bought that child into the world and should be responsible for them until adulthood. Where are those people? When did the kids get the guns and how?
Notice that both topic guns and youth are falling into the same conversation. I was taught gun safety and use early in life. Heck I went hunting as soon as I was legally allowed. We always had guns in our house. There were many of us too. I do not come from a small family. Nobody was out there running the streets with a gun in there pockets shooting at the first person who pissed us off.
But read these stories. A free Concert in San Jose turns into bedlam. A day at the beach in New York ends in death and people shopping in Chicago get terrorized by a bunch of kids.
Why are the adults in this country letting this happen? Now the ones who probably should be minding the activity of their children and are too busy dealing with their own stuff to worry about what their offspring are doing will and have blamed the police. This argument has morphed over the years and with the current economic stagnation there are police being laid off. So here is the “It’s the lack of Police” time line. Pre-2010 the argument was that the Police where not doing their job in making sure that an incident like this happened. But after 2010 the argument will shift to lack of Police due to layoffs.
The Police are not and should not be an all-knowing and parental type of entity. They are here to keep the peace (intervene in cases like above) and make sure that crimes are investigated. The process of crime prevention while it is an activity readily pursued by police should not be their issue. It falls on you and I to teach our children well. I will share a story from my son’s youth, They may not like this but I think it is a great story of how to show the difference between right and wrong.
When my boys where early teens I found out they stole from a local dollar store. I immediately grabbed my car keys and drove over there. Money was taken from their birthday stash and I drove them to the store where they publicly announced they stole the merchandise to the manager and promptly paid for it. With apologies to the store staff and their parents. I wonder what the self-esteem crew will think of that story. But the moral is my boys got a clear line early on about what not to do. They know also that there are consequences to every action.
Where are the Adults?