Just so you know my Father was a passionate person about hunting! Downstairs in our finished basement we had a wood glass case he built for his gun collection. It was situated adjacent to a full bar where my parents entertained. He was proud and knowledgeable about his guns showing explaining about them. The gun case had no locks, myself nor any of my friends wouldn’t have ever considered taking a gun out without permission. Safety was priority on how I was taught to handle and carry them. Dad was proud of his two pointing dogs, as well as being part of his prestigious hunting club. When I was a baby he started calling me skeet, this is a type of shooting sport with clay birds. My mother wasn’t thrilled when he bought me my first gun at 10 years old. As matter of fact he had written on the handle, can you guess, “The Skeet”! We lived in a suburban area, my father would make a target at the back of our garage, we would stand at the end of the driveway outside teaching me precision. The neighbors were never alarmed or called the police, they knew it was just Jerry doing his thing. In those days people could go buy a gun and ammo at any local hardware or sports store, no license, criminal check or anything. I would also bet after reading my background with guns above, no one would have guessed I’m Canadian! I thought it was important to share this info prior to my opinion why there are so many school shootings.
I just published anther article here called ‘Are We Setting-up Our Children to Fail”. The people who know their children best are their parents. It really saddens me to think that a teenager could be so unhappy they have the courage to kill themselves. As well as feel the need to takeout innocent fellow students with them. It seems most of these teen student shooters didn’t do this spontaneously, but after a fair amount of consideration. How did their parents not detect their child having issues before these unfortunate school shooting situations? Was there a lack of daily communication with their teenagers? When my son grew-up and even now I asked questions like how was your day? Even more delving when he was younger what happened at school today, do you have homework, what did you do at lunch? If I felt knowing him there was any detection of a problem through body language, how he answered me, or tone of voice we would talk. I know somethings wrong, tell me what happened at school or with your friends? He might have said nothing at the beginning, but with kindness I kept probing until it came out. Our way of assisting him not to have enraged anger with us as an outlet, if he had been depressed we would have taken the proper measures. No sane parent would want their child to feel the only solution was death. Even more outrageous is a teenager taking some other innocent students with them, cause other families such unacceptable pain and misery.
My last article named at the beginning which is a basic concept of old world child rearing. If we teach our kids to have manors, be respectful, and a healthy fear of authority. Those for me are the major reasons why I never removed guns from my fathers unlocked gun case. I knew that if I did something wrong there would consequences for my actions. My parents also monitored what I watched on television. Perhaps parents now might want to see what is going on their kid’s cellphones, computers, social media, and not allow use of video games that are based on killing and violence. I don’t think the problem is needing more gun control laws, but parenting providing their children with more home training for life in the real world. These are my suggestions on how decrease these epidemic school shootings
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